In a poll released last week, Rasmussen found that 50 percent of American adults think the U.S. economy will be weaker in a year’s time. In October, only 23 percent felt the same way.
“The increase in pessimism comes from Republicans and those not affiliated with either major political party,” Rasmussen said. “Just before President Obama was reelected, Republicans were evenly divided as to whether the economy would be better or worse a year from now. Today, only 11 percent of Republicans believe the economy will be stronger in a year. An overwhelming 74 percent in the GOP believe it will be worse.”
More independents also hold negative views about the economy since Obama’s reelection, rising 31 points from 19 percent to 50 percent who now believe the economy will be weaker.
A majority of Democrats, however, still expect the economy to be stronger by next year, remaining virtually unchanged at 60 percent.
Rasmussen surveyed 2,000 adults between Nov. 15 and 19 to reach their findings.