Which Residents Are Positive About Their State Economy?

Gallup: “Residents of the U.S. states show wide variation in their evaluations of their state economies, with Utah residents the most positive and Illinois residents the most negative. Those living in North Dakota, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado and Minnesota are also very positive about economic conditions in their state.”

Confidence in State's Economy, 2015

“Americans are much more positive about their state economies than they are about the national economy, and in no state are they more positive about their state economy than in Utah … Residents in several energy-producing states are upbeat about the current state of their economy, but harbor doubts about whether the good times will continue.”

“Illinois, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Connecticut are the four states in which residents are more pessimistic than optimistic about the state economy. Residents’ views of the economy in these states are not necessarily just a reflection of how the state is doing economically. For example, West Virginia has one of the higher unemployment rates in the nation, but Illinois, Rhode Island and Connecticut are closer to the national average. And all but West Virginia saw economic growth in the early part of 2015, with Connecticut and Rhode Island growing faster than the national average. Other factors, such as frustration with the government and real or perceived tax burden, may also color the way residents in these states view their state’s economy.”

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