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Voters Optimistic About Economy

November 4, 1998

A look at how voters felt about the economy, taken from surveys of more than 9,900 voters Tuesday:

THE FAMILY: More than four out of 10 voters said their families’ financial situation was about the same today as it was two years ago, and almost that many said it had improved. Only about one in 10 voters said their finances had worsened.

THE NATION: People were optimistic about the nation’s economy, with more than eight in 10 saying it is excellent or good. That’s double the number from the last midterm election in 1994, when the Republicans won control of the House from the Democrats.

THE FUTURE: Most voters _ six in 10 _ think the economy will stay about the same over the next year. Others were roughly divided between those predicting improvements and those who forecast a downturn.

The survey was conducted at 1,150 randomly selected polling places by Voter News Service, a partnership of The Associated Press and the ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Fox television networks. The margin of error for each result was plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

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