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.

The economy is…online surveys

  • 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.