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Fresh Data on DC Elites and Direction of the Economy


Exclusive to pollster.com readers StrategyOne has fresh data from its Beltway Barometer survey on where DC elites think the economy is headed.

StrategyOne's Beltway Barometer survey asked Washington elites if they thought the economy:

1. Has already bottomed out and is getting better
2. Is at bottom and not getting any better or worse
3. Has not yet bottomed out and will still get worse

The results are fascinating and diverge strongly based on partisan affiliation.

For a review of the crosstabs, click here.

Democratic elites in Washington are generally optimistic about the trajectory of the US economy, with 64% saying that the economy has bottomed out and is getting better. Only 19% of Democrats feel that we're stuck at the bottom, and only 15% think the worst is yet to come.

Republican elites in Washington are much less optimistic. One third (33%) think that the economy hasn't bottomed out yet and will get worse. Another 25% think the economy has bottomed out and is not getting any better. 41% think the economy has bottomed out and is on the upswing.

This data takes on even greater import with new jobless claims taking an unexpected rise.


 

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