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Opinion | News for Democrats about views of the economy keeps getting worse

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What we call “the economy” is an incredibly complicated thing, one that can’t truly be captured in a simple judgment like “good” or “bad.” Nevertheless, we can quantify certain features of it, like inflation and unemployment. We also know millions of Americans are misinformed about at least some of those measures — and the political consequences might be severe.

It has been evident for months that significant numbers of Americans mistakenly think the country has either lost jobs in the past year or not created any more than normal. In fact, we’ve had seen more than 400,000 jobs created per month for 11 straight months and the unemployment rate down to 3.6 percent.

Now a poll from the Democratic firm Navigator Research offers fresh insight into why this might be happening. In short, more people report hearing about inflation than hearing about jobs numbers, and as a result, only a minority believe…

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