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CNN Poll: Americans feeling better about the economy
From CNN's Scott Anderson

When gas prices were hitting record highs this summer, the economy looked like it would be a major issue in the midterm elections. Now, it may be a sideshow. A new CNN poll finds that nearly six out of 10 respondents feel good about the economy, while nearly four in 10 rate it poor. That's a flip from August, when nearly four in 10 rated the economy good and nearly six out of 10 rated it poor.

Lower gases prices are major reason for American's improved outlook. In August, 47 percent of respondents said gas prices were extremely important when they determine their votes. Now only 23 percent rated gas prices as extremely important.

U.S. Economic Conditions Today

Now August

Good 59% 44%
Poor 41% 56%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

How Important to Your Vote Are Gas Prices?

Now August

Extremely important 28% 47%
Very important 33% 31%
Moderately important 28% 16%
Not important 11% 6%

Sampling error: +/-4.5% pts

The poll involved interviews with 1,009 adult Americans conducted by telephone on September 22-24 by Opinion Research Corporation.
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