Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the country's long-term economic future? (by social class, United States, 2012)

Opinion on the economic future of the United States in 2012, by social class This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on how they see the United states' long-term economic future. The survey was conducted in July 2012, shortly before the presidential election. 11 percent of Americans who define themselves as members of the middle class stated they were very optimistic about the United States' economic future, while 9 percent of Americans belonging to the lower class stated the same.
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Upper classMiddle classLower class
Very optimistic11%11%9%
Somewhat optimistic46%44%29%
Somewhat pessimistic27%25%27%
Very pessimistic13%17%28%
Both equally / mixed1%1%2%
Don't know / refused1%3%5%
Upper classMiddle classLower class
Very optimistic11%11%9%
Somewhat optimistic46%44%29%
Somewhat pessimistic27%25%27%
Very pessimistic13%17%28%
Both equally / mixed1%1%2%
Don't know / refused1%3%5%
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This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on how they see the United states' long-term economic future. The survey was conducted in July 2012, shortly before the presidential election. 11 percent of Americans who define themselves as members of the middle class stated they were very optimistic about the United States' economic future, while 9 percent of Americans belonging to the lower class stated the same.
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Release date
August 2012
Region
United States
Survey time period
July 16-26, 2012
Number of respondents
2,508 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
The source poses the original questions as follows: "Thinking now about the country’s long-term economic future, would you say you are very optimistic, somewhat optimistic, somewhat pessimistic or very pessimistic??"

Number of respondents per class:
Upper class = 507
Middle class = 1,287
Lower class = 670.

The source asked the respondents if they define themselves as lower, middle and upper class. For details, please see page 123 at the source.

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