Economic Outlook

Americans are increasingly optimistic about the future and the opportunities available for their children. While 53% of voters see themselves as both pro-worker and pro-business, voters see neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party as particularly good at balancing the needs of workers and businesses in the economy.

  • A majority of American voters (64%) report feeling optimistic about the economy. An even stronger majority believe today’s children have more opportunities than previous generations (71%). 
  • While most voters feel that opportunities for middle-class and working Americans have declined over the past twenty years (45%), most voters also believe opportunities will increase for middle-class and working Americans in the next 20 years (41%).
  • More than half of the voters surveyed (53%) said they were both pro-worker and pro-business but are more likely to describe themselves as pro-worker. This is true across all demographic groups, including conservatives, Republicans, and households making above $60,000 a year.


  • Those who are pro-worker are more likely to see Democrats doing a good job balancing the needs of workers and businesses (44% say the Democrats do a good job, while 31% say Republicans do a good job). Pro-business voters do not favor either party — 41% say Democrats do a good job, 40% say the same of Republicans.

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