Present versus Past National Economy

Survey Items

Do you consider the current economic situation of the country to be better, the same, or worse than 12 months ago? 1 = worse, 2 = the same, 3 = better

Compared with five years ago, would you say things have improved, got worse or stayed about the same when it comes to…? 1 = got worse, 2 = stayed about the same, 3 = improved

In comparison with the last five years of [Socialist/Communist Regime], would you say that the economic situation of the country has improved, gotten worse, or remained the same? 1 = gotten worse, 2 = the same, 3 = improved

How do economic conditions in [Country] now compare to one year ago? Are they: 1 = much worse, 2 = worse, 3 = about the same, 4 = better, 5 = much better

Looking back, how do you rate the economic conditions in this country compared to twelve months ago? 1 = much worse, 2 = worse, 3 = same, 4 = better, 5 = much better

How would you describe the change in the economic condition of our country over the past five years? 1 = much worse, 2 = a little worse, 3 = about the same, 4 = a little better, 5 = much better

Do you consider the current economic situation of the country to be better, the same, or worse than 12 months ago? (Alternative: How do you think the general economic situation has changed over the last twelve months?; Compared to 12 months ago, do you think the general economic situation in [Country] has got a lot worse, got a little worse, stayed the same, got a little better, or got a lot better) 1 = much worse, 2 = a little worse, 3 = about the same, 4 = a little better, 5 = much better

Would you say that over the past twelve months, the state of the economy in [Country] has gotten much worse, gotten somewhat worse, stayed the same, gotten somewhat better, or gotten much better? 1 = much worse, 2 = somewhat worse, 3 = stayed the same, 4 = somewhat better, 5 = much better

And overall, do you think this country is more economically prosperous, less economically prosperous today than 10 years ago or is it the same? 1 = a lot less economically prosperous, 2 = a little less economically prosperous, 3 = the same, 4 = a little more economically prosperous, 5 = a lot more economically prosperous