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Workers Less Optimistic About Future Earnings

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Only one out of three (33%) workers nationwide expects to earn more money a year from now, marking the lowest level of optimism in nearly two years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 43% of Employed Americans expect to earn about the same amount in a year’s time, while just 14% expect to earn less. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

While the newest finding is down 10 points from last November, it is similar to earlier survey results last year. The highest level of confidence came in April 2009, when 49% expected to earn more in a year.

More men than women expect a larger paycheck in a year. Workers who make less than $20,000 annually are the least likely to believe they will be making more money next year.

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The survey of 450 Employed Adults was conducted on March 5-6, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 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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