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With three weeks until election day, Americans are split on how they view the state of their personal finances. A Political IQ national poll found 27% of voters view their finances as getting better these days, while 25% said things were getting worse. 46% said things were about the same.

Upper-income Americans are more positive than lower-income Americans about economic trends.

The poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, also measured how voters view the national economy. 29% of voters nationwide believe the economy is getting better, while 45% say it is getting worse. 22% believe it is staying about the same, and 4% are not sure.

Perceptions about the overall economy are typically a lagging indicator of economic performance. However, perceptions of personal finances are often more responsive to changing dynamics. 

In addition to national polling, will be releasing new Battleground State Polls every weekday between now and Election Day.  


The survey of 1,457 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 8-10, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 198 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.6 percentage points.

PoliticalIQ National Survey of 1,457 Registered Voters. ©
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