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37% in FL say Economy Good/Excellent

Florida Economic Confidence Above National Average

State data from National Survey of 15,000 Likely Voters May 1-31, 2004

Florida May 2004

Rating the Economy

Excellent 11%
Good 26%
Fair 35%
Poor 26%


Monday, June 14, 2004--During the month of May, 37% of Florida voters rated the U.S. economy as good or excellent. That's well above the national average for the month of 31%.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 34% of Floridians rated the economy as fair while another 28% said poor. Nationally, 33% of all adults rated the economy as poor.

During the month of May, 33% of Floridians believed the U.S. economy was in a recession. Nationally, that figure was a significantly more bearish 40%

Rasmussen Reports measures the economic confidence of Consumers and Investors on a daily basis. In addition to gathering responses to specific questions, we compile the data as the Rasmussen Index.

For the full month of May, the Rasmussen Consumer Index averaged 109.2 on a national basis, while the Rasmussen Investor Index averaged 131.3 nationally.

May 2004



 Rasmussen Consumer Index 116.0 109.2
 Rasmussen Investor Index 139.6 131.3

For the state of Florida, the Rasmussen Consumer Index was at 116.0 for the month of May. That's seven points higher than figures for the nation at large. The baseline of 100.0 was established in October 2001. Higher readings mean a higher level of economic confidence.

The Rasmussen Investor Index in Florida was eight points above the national average.  

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Separately, Rasmussen Reports Presidential polling data for Florida shows George Bush and John Kerry tied in this pivotal state.

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This data has been compiled from a national telephone survey of 15,000 Adults conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 1-31, 2004.  Each night (except Mothers’ Day), 500 interviews with Likely Voters were conducted. State-by-state samples carry a margin of error that varies from +/- 3 percentage points to +/- 5 percentage points depending upon the state. Data for Florida, Florida, and New York carries a 3 percentage point margin of error. For Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, the margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. For all other states, the margin of error is +/- 5 percentage points. In all cases, the margin of error is expressed with a 95% level of confidence. In some states, oversampling and supplemental interviews were used to obtain an adequate sample size for reporting purposes.

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