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Partisan Economics: Democrats Less Pessimistic About Economy Than Republicans

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans nationwide say the U.S. economy is in poor shape and 68% of those not affiliated with either major party agree. However, data from the Rasmussen Consumer Index shows that Democrats aren’t quite as pessimistic. Just 49% of those in President Obama’s party is in poor shape.

The same perception gap can be found throughout the data. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans say the economy is getting worse, a view shared by 64% of unaffiliateds. However, among Democrats, just 52% are that pessimistic.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe the country is in a recession. So do 69% of unaffiliateds and 55% of Democrats.

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The survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted on September 1-7, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 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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