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Poll: Most say economic news mixed

Aug. 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The public view of the U.S. economy, both overall and by sector, hasn't changed much in recent months, a Pew survey released Wednesday indicated.

Fifty-three percent of Americans say they hear a good news-bad news mix about the economy, while 41 percent said they hear mostly bad news and 3 percent say they are hearing mostly good news, results of a survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington showed.

When assessing information about specific sectors, Pew said the percentages of those saying they hear mostly negative news were higher than in July.

Fifty-five percent of Americans said they hear mostly negative news about the job situation. The latest survey also indicated 54 percent said they hear mostly bad news about consumer prices.

About six in 10 people, 58 percent, said they are hearing mostly bad news about the price of gas, while 41 percent said they hear mostly negative news about the financial markets. The latest survey indicated 41 percent say news about real estate values was mostly bad.

By party, more Democrats said the economic news was mixed, while more Republicans said it was negative.

Results are based on a nationwide survey of 1,005 adults Aug. 2-5. The margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.

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