Fox News Poll: 79% Say U.S.
Economy Could Collapse
FoxNews. March 23, 2010. The latest Fox News poll finds that 79 percent
of voters think itís possible the economy could collapse, including
large majorities of Democrats (72 percent), Republicans (84 percent) and
independents (80 percent).
Most American voters believe itís possible the nationís economy could
collapse, and majorities donít think elected officials in Washington
have ideas for fixing it.
The latest Fox News poll finds that 79 percent of voters think itís
possible the economy could collapse, including large majorities of
Democrats (72 percent), Republicans (84 percent) and independents (80
Just 18 percent think the economy is "so big and strong it could never
Moreover, 78 percent of voters believe the federal government is "larger
and more costly" than it has ever been before, and by nearly
three-to-one more voters think the national debt (65 percent) is a
greater potential threat to the countryís future than terrorism (23
Who has a plan for dealing with the economy?
Overall, 35 percent of voters think the Obama administration has a clear
plan for fixing the economy, down from 42 percent last summer (July
At the same time the number saying the White House doesnít have a plan
for the economy has increased from 53 percent in July to 62 percent in
the new poll. That includes almost all Republicans (88 percent),
two-thirds of independents (67 percent), as well as a third of Democrats
Even fewer people think Democrats in Congress (24 percent) and
Republicans in Congress (16 percent) have clear plans to fix the
There is a large gap in party support, as Democrats (46 percent) are
significantly more likely than Republicans (25 percent) to think their
party has a strategy for the economy.
The national telephone poll was conducted for Fox News by Opinion
Dynamics Corp. among 900 registered voters from March 16 to March 17.
For the total sample, the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or
minus 3 percentage points.
"These results reveal a deep anxiety about the fragility of our economy,
as voters face continued uncertainty about jobs and an expanding
commitment to public sector spending," said Ernest Paicopolos, a
principal of Opinion Dynamics.
Three in 10 American voters (30 percent) say they are comfortable with
the size and role of the federal government right now, while 65 percent
say the government has become too big and "is restricting American
Sizable majorities of Republicans (84 percent) and independents (74
percent) think the government is too big, while just over half of
Democrats (51 percent) are okay with the size of government.