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Americans have a pessimistic view of the current economy. Find out the results as to why, later in this email.

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💵 Poll: Americans Hold Pessimistic View on Current Economy

If a recent Harris Poll is to be believed, Americans are much more pessimistic about the economy than the current real-world data suggests.

As we draw closer to the next presidential election on Nov. 5, expect to see many different narratives about the economy from both sides of the political aisle as well as various media companies.

Unrelated to politics, Americans as a whole seem to have a negatively skewed perception of the economy as of now.

Here are a few of the results of the Harris Poll:

  • 72% of Americans say the rate of inflation is increasing (it peaked at 9.1% in June 2022 and fell from 3.5% to 3.4% in April)

  • 56% of Americans believe the U.S. is currently in a recession (GDP has been rising)

  • 55% of Americans believe the economy is shrinking (GDP has been rising)

  • 49% of Americans think the S&P 500 is down year to date (up 10%year-to-date as of Friday)

  • 49% of Americans think unemployment is at a 50-year high (it’s near a 50-year low)

Along with the election, there’s continued uncertainty around when the Fed will lower interest rates, a move long expected but continually getting pushed back as the economy runs hotter than expected.

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