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Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy – Toplines (Part 3)

19. Do you consider yourself a part of the middle class, or not?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 81 18 *
20. (Asked if considers self middle class) Do you ever feel as if you’re at risk of falling out of the middle class?

Yes No No
opinion General Public 41 58 1 19/20 Net Table. Do you consider yourself a part of the middle class, or not? (If so) Do you ever feel as if you’re at risk of falling out of the middle class? (General Public)

Middle Class (Net) 81 Falling Out 33 Not Falling 47 No opinion 1 Not Middle Class 18 No opinion *
21. Do you think improving the economy is something an effective president can do a lot about, do a little about, or is that mostly beyond any president’s control?

A lot A little Beyond control No
opinion General Public 31 29 39 1 Economists 14 63 22 1
22. Generally speaking, do you think each of the following is good or bad for the nation’s economy, or don’t you think it makes much difference?

Summary Table: General Public

Good Bad Won’t make difference No
opinion a. Tax cuts 58 15 25 2 b. More women entering the workforce 54 9 36 1 c. Increased use of technology in the workplace 70 17 12 2 d. Trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries 55 28 14 2 e. The recent downsizing of large corporations 21 59 17 3
Summary Table: Economists
Good Bad Won’t make difference No
opinion a. Tax cuts 37 33 23 7 b. More women entering the workforce 74 2 22 2 c. Increased use of technology in the workplace 97 0 2 1 d. Trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries 89 3 6 2 e. The recent downsizing of large corporations 54 16 27 2
23. Some people say that these are economically unsettled times because of new technology, competition from foreign countries, and downsizing. Looking ahead 20 years, do you think these changes will eventually be good or bad for the country or don’t you think these changes will make much difference?

Good Bad Won’t make difference No
opinion General Public 43 31 23 3 Economists 93 2 3 2
24. Do you think that trade agreements between the United States and other countries have helped create more jobs in the U.S., or have they cost the U.S. jobs, or haven’t they made much of a difference?

Helped create jobs Cost U.S. jobs Haven’t made much difference No
opinion General Public 17 54 27 2 Economists 50 5 42 2
25. Do you think the current price of gasoline is too high, too low, or about right?

Too high Too low About right No
opinion General Public 75 4 21 1 Economists 7 42 46 5
26. Which do you think is more responsible for the recent increase in gasoline prices: the normal law of supply and demand, oil companies are trying to increase profits, both, or neither.

Supply and demand Oil companies profits Both
(vol.) Neither (vol.) No
opinion General Public 22 73 2 2 1 Economists 85 8 3 3 1
27. Regardless of how well you think the economy is doing, there are always some problems that keep it from being as good as it might be. I am going to read you a list of reasons some people have given for why the economy is not doing better than it is. For each one, please tell me if you think it is a major reason the economy is not doing better than it is, a minor reason, or not a reason at all. How about …

Summary Table: General Public
Major reason Minor reason Not a reason No
opinion a. Taxes are too high 61 30 8 1 b. The federal deficit is too big 77 16 5 1 c. Foreign aid spending is too high 66 23 10 1 d. There are too many immigrants 47 32 19 1 e. Too many tax breaks for business 48 35 15 2 f. Education and job training are inadequate 64 26 9 1 g. Too many people are on welfare 70 22 7 1 h. Women and minorities get too many advantages under affirmative action 18 43 38 1 i. People place too little value on hard work 59 26 14 1 j. The government regulates business too much 42 41 16 1 k. People are not saving enough 51 35 13 1
Summary Table: Economists
Major reason Minor reason Not a reason No
opinion a. Taxes are too high 18 41 41 * b. The federal deficit is too big 32 51 18 0 c. Foreign aid spending is too high 1 13 86 0 d. There are too many immigrants 1 19 80 * e. Too many tax breaks for business 5 55 40 0 f. Education and job training are inadequate 67 28 6 0 g. Too many people are on welfare 11 50 39 0 h. Women and minorities get too many advantages under affirmative action 2 18 80 0 i. People place too little value on hard work 18 46 36 * j. The government regulates business too much 23 50 27 0 k. People are not saving enough 56 36 8 *
27. (and 28.) You said that the following things…(read list) were major reasons why the economy is not doing better than it is. Which one of these do you think is the most important reason?

Economists General Public a. Taxes are too high 6 11 b. The federal deficit is too big 6 20 c. Foreign aid spending is too high 0 10 d. There are too many immigrants 0 7 e. Too many tax breaks for business * 6 f. Education and job training are inadequate 42 14 g. Too many people are on welfare 1 14 h. Women and minorities get too many advantages under affirmative action 0 1 i. People place too little value on hard work 4 8 j. The government regulates business too much 7 4 k. People are not saving enough 20 2 No opinion 2 3 No item listed as major reason 12 1

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Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy:
Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five