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Americans’ Concerns About the Economy Have Reached a Record Low

In 2009, during the peak of the Great Recession, 86 percent of Americans listed the economy as a top U.S. problem. Nine years later, it’s dropped dramatically.

By NTK Staff | 09.17.2018 @2:30pm
Americans’ Concerns About the Economy Have Reached a Record Low

Concerns about the U.S. economy have dropped off dramatically since the Great Recession and hit an all-time low, according to a new poll by Gallup.

A record-low 12 percent of Americans said they believed the economy to be a top problem facing the country. The previous low was 13 percent in May 1999, just before the dot-com bubble burst.

September’s number is a far cry from February 2009, when 86 percent of Americans said the economy was the nation’s top problem.

But today, Americans are exceptionally optimistic about the state of the economy:

The low number of mentions of economic issues as the nation’s most important problem mirrors Americans’ generally positive attitudes on other economic indicators. In the current September survey, 55% of Americans say the economy is getting better, among the highest proportions saying this since 2004. A near-record-high 64% say now is a good time to find a quality job; workers remain upbeat about their job security; and employee engagement is at record highs.

This is all good news for President Trump and Republicans running in the November midterms. However, Gallup is quick to caution too much optimism: while Americans are generally happy with the economy, a growing number are concerned with government and leadership:

This month, 29% of Americans cite concerns about government, approaching the all-time high of 33% in October 2013 — when the U.S. government shut down after Congress failed to agree on a spending bill. Other specific issues rounding out the top five “most important problem” categories this month include immigration, race issues, the need to unify the country and healthcare.

With unemployment low, wages on the rise, and the economy growing at a strong pace, there’s much to celebrate about the current state of the U.S. economy.

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