May 27th, 2010
05:30 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans slightly less pessimistic on economy

Washington (CNN) - The vast majority of Americans still say economic conditions in the country remain poor, but the public appears less pessimistic about the economy than they did earlier this year, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning indicates that 78 percent say economic conditions today are somewhat or very poor, with 22 percent saying the economy's in good shape.

Full results (pdf)

Thirty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say economic conditions are currently very poor, but that number is down seven percentage points from February.

"There are some major regional differences," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The number of people in the Northeast and Midwest who think the economy is in very poor shape has gone down by 10 to 12 points since February, compared to only a three-to-five point change in the South and West. Westerners remain most pessimistic about the state of the economy, with 46 percent saying that it is in very poor shape, compared to only 33 percent in the Northeast."

According to the survey, the economy remains issue number one with Americans, with 42 percent saying it's the most important issue facing the country, 25 points ahead of health care. But that 42 percent is down five points from January.

The survey's release comes as the federal government releases its revised reading on the first-quarter Gross Domestic Product. GDP is expected to have grown at a 3.3 percent annualized rate for the first three months of the year, versus the initially reported 3.2 percent rate.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted May 21-23, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    As long as democrats are in power we will never recover. Tax and spend your way out is a failure program no matter how many times democrats try it.

    May 27, 2010 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Dear America,

    Be optimistic about the economy now or wait for more signs. But please oh please do not forget which party put us in this mess to begin with.

    Obama and the Democrats are the "Emergncy responders and tow truck drivers" the Republicans were driving when our economy spun out of control, hit the ditch, rolled over and started to catch fire.

    Don't let them confuse you by compalining that we have to take a while to recover from what they caused.

    May 27, 2010 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  3. wholetruth

    apparently the hopeful ones aren't people with money in the US stock market, or any concept of what 13 TRILLION dollars of debt means in terms of fiscal health

    May 27, 2010 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is a good sign, but there are so few people asked. It really has to make you wonder who these people are and why so few are being asked. Just this really represent the feelings all over the US?

    May 27, 2010 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  5. Capt. Snarky

    Well, I'm not less pessimistic. Our Debt load scares the bejesus out of me. Spend, spend, spend. If my family spent like .Gov has been, we'd have been arrested years ago.

    May 27, 2010 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  6. Gil

    That is beccuse of after 8 years with the disasterous bush and party of No management of the economy and the drastic cuts in regulation of the economy we are now on the road to Obama recovery!

    May 27, 2010 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  7. akita96th

    Yeah well if your lucky enough to have kept your job during this depression then I guess you would say the economy is pretty good but on the other hand if you have lost your job your house your car your savings you ira account and your life has been turned upside down while the elites have flurished off the taxes you paid then I guess you would say the economy is bad. This news bite is just un newsworhty and serves no purpose just something to fill in the space ...cnn needs real stories not this patronizing crap geeeze. Looks like someone is fishing for compliments for Prez O and his report card is still way out before he gets graded sorry.

    May 27, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  8. TCM

    haha...what a joke.."smile and wave...smile and wave..." You liberals live in a fantasy world if you think people believe this poll...of 1023 Obama supporters.

    May 27, 2010 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  9. Debby

    Lets hope this is true because as a northeasterner construction hasn't improved at all. Government jobs yes, but not residential work.

    May 27, 2010 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Home sales are up. Employers are beginning to hire. I'm very optimistic.

    May 27, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |