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56% Expect Higher Interest Rates In a Year

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Most Americans continue to expect higher interest rates next year as the number who say they are paying higher rates than last year is at a recent high.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of American Adults think interest rates will be higher in a year, the highest level of pessimism in over two years. From July 2009 to early May 2011, this finding generally remained in the mid-to-high 50s but stayed in the 40s over the past couple years.

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Most Americans continue to expect higher interest rates next year as the number who say they are paying higher rates than last year is at a recent high.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of American Adults think interest rates will be higher in a year, the highest level of pessimism in over two years. From July 2009 to early May 2011, this finding generally remained in the mid-to-high 50s but stayed in the 40s over the past couple years. 

Just five percent (5%) expect lower rates in a year, while one-in-four (26%) expects them to stay about the same, the lowest since February 2011.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)  

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 21-22, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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