Wisconsinites more optimistic about economy

Whether you credit President Obama, President-elect Trump, Gov. Walker, or give them each a little love, Wisconsinites are more optimistic about economic growth than they were in 2016, according to a poll commissioned by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

While state residents cited increasing health care costs and the state’s tax burden as lingering concerns, the poll says more than one-third (35%) of respondents believe the state’s economy will improve in 2017. That represents a 13-point increase from last year’s survey.

More residents (32%) also think their personal economic situation will improve this year, an increase of 18 points over 2016. Meanwhile, 42% believe the state’s economy will stay about the same.

Wisconsin residents are split on raising the gas tax to improve roads, with 49% in favor and 48% opposed, according to the poll of 506 Wisconsin voters. It was taken December 12–14 and was conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Tarrance Group. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5%.