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Poll shows jump in optimism on economic outlook: other results mixed

The most recent poll measuring economic outlook among Americans shows about a 21% jump since the poll was last conducted. In October 2011, only 39% of Americans said they thought the economy was going to be better in a year than it is now. The most recent figure is 60%. The poll, conducted June 28-July 1 with over 1500 respondents, showed that the economy remained a top issue with voters, with 51% saying that the economy was “very important” in influencing their vote this November.

Americans were perfectly divided (48% to 48%) on who would be best to handle the economy as President, between President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Romney.

More than half of respondents said economic conditions are “somewhat poor” or “very poor”, a trend that has continued back since the collapse of the housing bubble and beyond.

Americans’ opinions on the state of the economy, going back to the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008.

While improving, the stats clearly show that Americans don’t think the economy is very solid right now. That’s the bad news, if you’re Barack Obama (and the good news if you’re the Republican Party).

The good news for President Obama, however, is the 12 month outlook of these same people.

Americans’ opinions on the 12 month outlook going forward in terms of how the economy is going to look. This is a major shift, as 60% of Americans surveyed believe the economy is improving and on the uptick.

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Written by Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride.


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