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Focus Poll Queries State of the Economy

By Focus Staff

More than 500 likely voters in Knoxville and Knox County were asked the question, “In your opinion, is the US Economy better today than it was four years ago?”

A small number of voters said the economy is in fact better than it was four years ago. Interestingly, that opinion seemed to be confined to areas inside the City of Knoxville; voters outside the corporate limits of Knoxville by large majorities said they do not believe the economy is better than it was four years ago.

Voters inside the First District, which is largely centered in the African-American community, were the only folks inside Knox County who believe the economy is better with almost 52% sharing that opinion. More than 48% of voters inside the First District don’t believe the economy is better than it was four years ago.

The Second District, which is also inside the City of Knoxville, posted the second highest number of respondents who believe the economy is better than it was four years ago, although more than 60% of voters inside the Second District don’t believe the economy is better.

The numbers start to drop rapidly in the Third and Fourth Districts; only slightly more than 27% of voters in the Third District feel the economy has improved in the last four years.

The district where voters most strongly felt the economy hasn’t improved was the Seventh, with just over 18% of voters say the economy is better; a whopping 81% disagree.

Slightly more women seem to believe the economy has improved than man, although more than 67% of women feel the economy is worse.

Voters aged 30-49 feel the most strongly the economy hasn’t improved over the last four years.

Click here to see the survey results.

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