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Ohio Economic Confidence

Right at the National Average

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

Ohio May 2004

Rating the Economy

Excellent 9%
Good 20%
Fair 33%
Poor 36%


Sunday, June 20, 2004--Ohio's economic confidence is pretty close to the national average.

During the month of May, 29% of Ohio residents rated the U.S. economy as good or excellent while 36% said poor. Nationally, 31% said good or excellent and 33% said poor.

In Ohio, 33% of of all adults said the economy was getting better while 52% said it was getting worse. Those figures are the same as the national average.

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 108.4 109.2
 Rasmussen Investor Index 133.3 131.3

For the state of Ohio, the Rasmussen Consumer Index was at 108.4 for the month of May. That's within a point of the 109.2 reading for the nation at large. The national baseline of 100.0 was established in October 2001. Higher readings mean a higher level of economic confidence.

The Rasmussen Investor Index in Ohio was two points higher than the national average in May.  

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Separately, Rasmussen Reports Presidential polling data for Ohio shows John Kerry and George Bush deadlocked in this  battleground state.

State-by-state economic data has so far been released for Pennsylvania, New York, California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Iowa , Michigan and Illinois. Additional state data will be released later this week.

Rasmussen Reports has also recently released Presidential polling data for the states of Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan, Maine, South Carolina, Alabama, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylania, North Carolina, Oregon, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Texas, California and Ohio.

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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 California, Texas, Florida, and New York carries a 3 percentage point margin of error. For Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, and Illinois, 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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