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Group: Public Skeptical About Economy


By WILL LESTER (Direct descendent of Karl Marx! - tha malcontent)
Associated Press Writer Jan 26, 1:04 PM MST

People are skeptical about the economy despite recent encouraging signs, with worries about the costs of gas, heating oil and health care.


(ap) - Gee, another negative "news" story from the AP in a Consistently Growing and Healthy Economy.  No Agenda here, move along... Nothing to see here.  If J. Forbes Kerry (D) was President right now, this Economy would be a Badge of Honor and "Confidence" would the word of the day, not "Skepticism".  This is so Predictable, it's painful. - tha malcontent)

Views of the economy show sharp partisan differences, with Republicans far more likely to be optimistic than either Democrats or independents, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.


(This story should have been Headlined: "DemocRATS Pessimistic about the Economy"...  Gee, I wonder why the DemocRATS are so Negative?  Could it be that they are still a tad Bitter about being out of Power? - tha malcontent)

"There's not as much economic optimism as might be warranted by hard economic indicators," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, said Tuesday. "I was surprised by the growing gap between the way Republicans and the rest of the public see the national economy."


(The Minority is Cranky, Bitter and Hysterical, Andrew, that's all you need to know to Explain this. - tha malcontent)

About a third, 34 percent, said economic conditions today are excellent or good, while 64 percent said only fair or poor. That's up slightly from the 25 percent who said in October that economic conditions are excellent or good, but down slightly from 39 percent who felt that way right after Bush was re-elected.


(Why is "Excellent" it's own Category, but "Fair" and "Poor" are lumped together?  What would the "Excellent" and "Fair" number be?... There is a reason why the Left does this with Polling, and it's why they were so off base in 1980 when Reagan mopped the floor with Carter.  They tell themselves what they want to hear with their Polls, and what they Hope the People will Respond to when they "Report" these Polls. - tha malcontent)

The economy turned in a solid performance in 2005 despite devastating hurricanes and high energy prices. Employers added 2 million new jobs last year, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in December.


(And Thanks to the Consistently Negative Reporting throughout the year, you SHEEPLE Feel like the Economy Sucks... Fun, huh! - tha malcontent)

Economists believe that growth will slow slightly this year under the impact of still-high energy costs and rising interest rates. Higher mortgage rates are expected to cool off the housing market, which has been a major source of strength.


(The Cherry-picked "(e)conomists said the same thing about 2005.  Guess they were Wrong... Again. - tha malcontent)

More than half of Republicans, 56 percent, said economic conditions are excellent or good, while 28 percent of independents and 23 percent of Democrats felt that way.


(I wonder what percentage of DemocRATS are Willfully Jobless?... - tha malcontent)

Those differing views may be influenced by how Democrats and independents view the intent of the Bush economic agenda, Kohut said. Some critics say Bush's economic policies are more beneficial to the wealthy and to big business.


("Some critics"?... How about the AP and their Offspring in the "Free Press" telling the People that Bush (43)'s Economic Policies more Benefit the Rich, in DNC Talking Points Masquerading as Legitimate Wire Copy? - tha malcontent)

During the Clinton administration, Democrats and Republicans had more similar views of how the economy was doing, with optimism soaring for both groups during his second term in the late 1990s.


(PROOF that the DemocRATS are being Exceptionally Partisan... Thank you. - tha malcontent)

When asked recently about their leading economic concerns, eight in 10 cite gas prices as a big problem, with 43 percent saying gas prices are a "very big" problem. About the same number see the cost of home heating fuel and health care as a big problem.

Other leading economic concerns included the federal budget deficit, the job situation, the affordability of retirement and the cost of housing.


(Only in this DemocRATS-out-of-Power-Reality would 4.9% Unemployment Equate to a Poll that has ANYONE Concerned about Employment.  4.9% under a DemocRAT would be the Greatest thing since the Founding... Oh wait, it was the Greatest thing under Clinton... Idiocy. - tha malcontent)

The poll of 1,503 adults was conducted Jan. 4-8 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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