January 21, 2005--Forty-two percent
(42%) of Americans believe that their personal finances will improve
over the next four years while 20% believe their finances will get
worse. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that men are more optimistic
than women and younger Americans more optimistic than their elders.
The survey, conducted the night before
and the night of President Bush's inauguration, also found that the
nation remains divided about the outlook for the situation in Iraq
and the U.S. economy.
Thirty-three percent (33%) of Americans
believe the economy will get better over the next four years while
34% believe it will get worse. Republicans, by a 56% to 17% margin,
say the economy will get better. Democrats, by a 49% to 14% margin,
say it will get worse.
As for the situation in Iraq, 39% say it
will get better over the next four years while 36% take the opposite
view. Again, the partisan divide is huge. Sixty-five percent (65%)
of Republicans say the situation in Iraq will get better.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of Democrats say it will get worse.
Demographic information is available for
telephone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports
on January 19-20, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the full
sample is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% margin of sampling
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This survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen
Reports January 19-20, 2005. The margin of sampling error
is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.