Thursday, September 15, 2011
Most Americans remain concerned about inflation and lack confidence in the Federal Reserve Board to keep it under control.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 83% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned about inflation, including 52% who are Very Concerned. Just 14% are not concerned, with two percent (2%) who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The number of Americans who are concerned about inflation is two points under the highest level measured since regular tracking began in April 2009. Since then, concern has remained in the narrow range of 77% to 85%.
Thirty-six percent (36%) are confident the Fed will be able to keep inflation under control and interest rates down. Sixty percent (60%) lack confidence in the Fed. These figures include eight percent (8%) who are Very Confident in the Fed and 17% who are Not At All Confident.
Last month, 31% said they were confident in the Fed, the lowest level measured in just over two years. In that time, confidence in the Fed to handle inflation and interest rates ranged from a low of 31% to a high of 41%.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 11-12, 2011 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
ORBecome a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.