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Americans give economy poor rating

Staff writer |
Less than a week before Election Day, Democrats received another dose of bad news in the form of a CNN/ORC International survey showing a deterioration in the American public's perception of economic conditions.

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The poll found that 62 percent of Americans rated economic conditions as "somewhat poor" or "very poor," up from 57 percent in a poll conducted last month.

On the other hand, just 38 percent of Americans described the economy as "somewhat good" or "very food," down from 42 percent in September.

"With the economy remaining the top issue on the voters' minds, the downturn in positive views of the economy could not have come at a worse time for Democrats," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll showed significant partisan differences in opinions of the economy, with 55 percent of Democrats describing conditions as good compared to just 28 percent of Republicans.

Urban Americans have a rosier view of the economy, with 43 percent saying it's in good shape compared to 39 percent of those in suburban areas and 31 percent in rural areas.

The poll also found that Americans are more optimistic about the future, with 52 percent saying they expect the economy to be in good shape a year from now..

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