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Americans Are Closely Conflicted Over Employment Prospects

The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to a 10-year low, but Americans remain divided over where that rate is headed from here. With Republicans controlling the White House and Congress, GOP adults are now far more confident that unemployment will be lower in a year’s time, while Democrats are noticeably less cheery.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 26% of American Adults think unemployment will be higher a year from today. Thirty-one percent (31%) believe the unemployment rate will be lower in a year's time, while 34% say the unemployment situation will be about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 9-10, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 9-10, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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