The economy: Make up your mind

If people start feeling better about the economy, does that change the coming elections?

People are feeling better about the economy.

A New York Times/CBS News poll out this afternoon says 41 percent of those surveyed say the economy is getting better. That’s an 8 percent jump from last month. Only 15 percent say things are getting worse.

President Obama got a 5-percent jump in ratings for his handling of the economy.

As usual, polls don’t make a lot of sense.

Last Monday, a Harris Poll found that only 32 percent of those surveyed are optimistic about the economy. And President Obama got disapproval ratings from 19 percent more people than today’s poll.

  • John P.

    People’s opinions don’t always make sense, so I guess we shouldn’t be suprised when opinion polls don’t make sense. On top of that, the subtleties of the questions can influence a poll substantially. Polling is a black art.

  • John P.

    i’m not sure how to answer your poll question. My 401K is doing great, the company I work for is riding this thing out pretty well, but my wife is still out of work. That seems consistent with reports I keep hearing of a “jobless recovery”.

    So, from my vantage point, I can see parts of the economy that are improving, and parts that are not.