State data from National Survey of 15,000 Likely Voters May
Pennsylvania May 2004
Thursday, June 18, 2004--Pennsylvania's economic confidence
is much lower than the rest of the USA.
During the month of May, just 26% of Pennsylvania
residents rated the U.S. economy as good or excellent while
38% said poor. Nationally, 31% said good or excellent
and 33% said poor.
In Pennsylvania, just 26% of of all adults said the economy was
getting better while 59% said it was getting worse. Once again,
that's more pessimistic than the national data.
Nationally, 33% said the economy was getting better and 52% said
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.
For the state of Pennsylvania, the Rasmussen Consumer
Index was at 93.1 for the month of May. That's sixteen points
below the 109.2 reading for the nation at large. The baseline of
100.0 was established nationally in October 2001. Higher readings mean a higher
level of economic confidence.
The Rasmussen Investor Index in Pennsylvania was twelve points
lower than the national average in May.
Separately, Rasmussen Reports
Presidential polling data
for Pennsylvania shows John Kerry and George Bush deadlocked in
this vitally important battleground state.
State-by-state economic data has so far been released for
New York, California,
Additional state data will be released later this week.
Rasmussen Reports has also recently released Presidential
polling data for the states of Florida,
New York, Texas,
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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 Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania,
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
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