As part of its presidential polling, Pew Research last week also asked people for their views on the economy. The public continues to have mixed ratings of the nation’s economy: Currently, 44 percent say conditions are only fair while a roughly equal share views them as excellent or good (27 percent) or poor (28 percent).
But that's a big improvement over where we were at a comparable point four years ago. In June 2012, at about the same point in the previous presidential campaign, just 10 percent expressed positive views of the nation’s economy, while 42 percent described economic conditions as poor.
Looking ahead, a majority of Americans (54 percent) say conditions next year will be about the same as they are now. About three in ten (29 percent) say things will improve over the course of the next year, and 13 percent believe they will get worse.