As the chart below shows, our readers’ worries about the US economy are mixed. The weighted averages are slightly above the midpoint for all questions. The first two questions ask about the readers thoughts on the possibility of a near-term recession. The weighted average scores of the answers are 5.86 and 6.61. The second set of two questions ask if the reader feels a recession will occur either after 12 months or well into the future. The weighted average of the responses are 5.40 and 6.58, similar to that of the first two questions.
Reader responses vary, too.
We plan on repeating this poll in March seeing how reader perspectives have changed.
Thanks to all our respondents!