The poultry industry views the current state of the U.S. economy favorably. 

In the third quarter of 2021, 57% of the respondents to the WATT/Rennier Poultry Confidence Index survey said they currently view the domestic economy positively. 

As part of the quarterly survey, WATT Global Media asks additional questions about the state of the poultry industry as well as emerging trends, technologies and challenges. This blog post reflects the results of the supplemental questions included in the third quarter survey conducted in August 2021. The next installment of Greg Rennier’s column reflecting the results of the survey will be published in the October 2021 issue of WATT PoultryUSA.

Public response to COVID-19

Nearly a year and a half after COVID-19 arrived on the global scene, the disease continues to affect daily life around the world. 

In the U.S. the continuing struggle to achieve high vaccination rates is pushing the federal government to call for employer mandated vaccination. Meanwhile, the Delta variant of the disease continues to cause public health problems. 

We asked, “How do you rate the U.S.'s response to the coronavirus outbreak?”

  • 38% responded, “Average.”
  • 28% responded, “Poor.”
  • 21% responded, “Good.”
  • 9% responded, “Very poor.”
  • 4% responded, “Very good.”

The U.S. economy

The U.S. economy is facing challenges related to the on-going pandemic. While signs of economic strength emerged in early 2021, consumer sentiment is souring as the realization spreads that the pandemic will drag on for the foreseeable future. 

We asked, “Your current view of the U.S. economy is generally ...?”

  • 57% responded, “Positive.”
  • 43% responded, “Negative.”

We asked, “If you have children at home or under your economic umbrella, will they be better off financially than you when they grow up?”

  • 58% responded, “Yes, they will be better off.”
  • 42% responded, “No, they will be worse off.”