What Americans Think Of The Recovering Economy

April 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

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BROOKVILLE, N.Y., April 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Results of a newly released Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis national poll reveal that half of Americans believe the recovering economy is a result of the federal government's COVID-19 stimulus aid package, while 32% of Americans believe that the increased deficit will cause an economic downturn over time. 

RECOVERING ECONOMYThe U.S. economy shows signs of recovery in the midst of the pandemic as COVID-19 vaccinations rise and federal stimulus checks are spent in the United States. The U.S. Department of Commerce released information through the Census Bureau report on April 15 that retail and food services sales were 9.8% higher than the previous month. A U.S. Labor Department report on April 15 showed that unemployment lines were improving with 200,000 less U.S. workers filing for initial unemployment benefits. A Federal Reserve report on April 15 revealed that industrial production, a key performance indicator of the American economy, increased 1.4% last month as measured by factory and utility output.

IS THE RECOVERING ECONOMY DUE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 STIMULUS AID PACKAGE?50% OF AMERICANS SAID YESAmericans were asked if they believe the federal government's COVID-19 stimulus aid package will boost economic growth. Half of the respondents (50%) said yes. Political views made a difference as 65% of Democrats that responded said yes, while 40% of Republicans and 41% of independents that responded said yes.

WILL AN INCREASED DEFICIT FROM THE STIMULUS AID PACKAGE CAUSE AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN OVER TIME?32% OF AMERICANS SAID YESRespondents were also asked if they believe an increased deficit from the COVID-19 stimulus aid package will cause an economic downturn. Approximately one third of respondents (32%) said yes. Political views played a factor as 20% of Democrats that responded said yes; 53% of Republicans and 30% of independents that responded said yes.

HOW DID AMERICANS SPEND THEIR $1,400 STIMULUS CHECK?34% SAID MORTGAGE, RENT, FOOD, CAR, CREDIT CARD EXPENSES23% SAID SAVING ITAmericans were asked how they are using their $1,400 stimulus check as part of the federal government's COVID-19 stimulus aid package in America. The most common response was on mortgage, rent, food, car, and credit card expenses (34%). In second place, 23% of respondents said they were saving it. Other responses included other expenses (17%), unsure/no answer (6%), and charity (2%). 17% of the respondents reported that they did not receive a stimulus check.  Americans who had the highest response rate of saving it were aged 18 to 29 (29%). 47% of respondents said the $1,400 stimulus check amount should have been more, 15% said less, and 38% said just right.

METHODOLOGYThis Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling, and Analysis online poll was conducted through SurveyMonkey from April 6 – 7, 2021 among a national sample of 1,582 adults ages 18 and up. Respondents for this survey were selected from over 2.5 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data for this week have been weighted for age and gender using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

ABOUT THE LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY STEVEN S. HORNSTEIN CENTER FOR POLICY, POLLING, AND ANALYSISThe Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling, and Analysis conducts independent polling, empirical research, and analysis on a wide range of public issues. Our studies inform the public and policy makers about critical issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world. Visit liu.edu/Hornstein for more information and results from this national poll.

ABOUT LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITYLong Island University, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, providing high quality academic instruction by world-class faculty. Recognized by Forbes for its emphasis on experiential learning and by the Brookings Institution for its "value added" to student outcomes, LIU offers over 250 degree programs, with a network of 270,000 alumni that includes industry leaders and entrepreneurs across the globe. Visit liu.edu for more information.

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