Monday, February 28, 2011
Americans are divided about whether the unemployment rate is going to head up or down over the coming year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 32% of Adults think unemployment will be higher in a year’s time. Only 27% expect the unemployment rate to be lower one year from now.
Private sector workers are more likely than government workers to think unemployment will be higher in a year’s time.
Thirty-four percent (34%) expect little change in the unemployment rate over the next year (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Just 20% of adults say the job market is better than it was a year ago, down from January but above results found all of last year. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say the job market is worse today.
For comparison, in March of last year, 53% said the job market was worse than the year before and only 15% said it was better.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 25-26, 2011 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.
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