But Americans continue to be less optimistic about the economy’s future. Thirty-eight percent say the economy is getting better, while 58% say it is getting worse, for an economic outlook score of -20 — a five-point drop from the previous week. This is the most negative Americans have been about the economy’s future since December 2013.
Americans may be more pessimistic about the future of the economy because of their uncertainties about the situation in Iraq, and whether it might result in higher gas prices. These uncertainties seem to be weighing just a bit more heavily on Americans’ minds than the positive news of record stock prices last week.