August 02, 2021: Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters nationwide say their personal finances are getting better. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 26% say their finances are getting worse. Forty-one percent (41%) say their finances are remaining about the same, while 3% are not sure.
These figures are almost identical to the results from a month ago when 32% said their finances were getting better, and 26% said worse.
The current totals include 11% who say their finances are getting much better and 7% who say much worse.
Forty-six percent (46%) of voters rate their personal finances as good or excellent. That’s up three points from a month ago but down three points since April.
Seventeen percent (17%) now rate their personal finances as poor. That figure is unchanged from a month ago but up three points from April.
There is a gap in economic perceptions between those with a postgraduate degree and the rest of the nation:
- Among those with advanced degrees, 63% say their finances are getting better, and just 10% say worse.
- Among those with a bachelor’s degree, the numbers are much more evenly divided: 31% say better, and 25% say worse.
- Among those without a college degree, 22% believe their finances are getting better, while 29% say the opposite.
Among voters who prefer policies like those of former President Donald Trump (R), 21% say their finances are getting better, while 37% say the opposite.
The stable trends in personal finance perception stand in contrast to the collapse in confidence about the pandemic. In late May, 56% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us. That figure has now fallen to 34%, a 22-point decline in just two months.
Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is a political analyst, author, public speaker, independent public opinion pollster and columnist for Creators Syndicate. Read Scott Rasmussen's Reports — More Here.Footnotes:
- ScottRasmussen.com, "31% say personal finances getting better; 26% worse," July 30, 2021
- Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for July 1, 2021," July 1, 2021
- Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for April 21, 2021," April 21, 2021
- Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for July 28, 2021," July 28, 2021
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