Pew Research Center just completed a poll of 1,012 adults, asking each respondent about the economy.
Among all respondents, 58% say they are hearing a mix of good and bad economic news, while 35% say they are hearing mostly bad news and 6% mostly good news. Now zooming on just those who said they were hearing mostly bad news about the economy, and breaking the respondents down by party, the percentage hearing mostly bad news:
- Repubs: 60%
- Dems: 15%
- Independents: 36%.
As long as Pew has been asking the question there has been a difference by party, but the gap from 60 percent of Repubs hearing mostly bad news to just 15 percent of Dems is by far the largest Pews has recorded. The closer we get to the election, the bigger the gap. As recently as March of this year, the gap was just Repubs: 33, Dems: 18.