Fewer than one in four Republicans (23%) now rate economic conditions as excellent or good, substantially fewer than did so a few months ago. Throughout most of President Bush's time in office a large partisan gap has been evident in judgments about the state of the U.S. economy, with most Democrats and independents offering negative assessments, and most Republicans offering positive assessments.

The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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