Agricultural Economics Department


Optimism of Rural Nebraskans

Rebecca J. Vogt, Center for Applied Rural Innovation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Document Type Article

Published by the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Copyright 2009 Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Results from the 2008 Nebraska Rural Poll showed rural Nebraskans were more optimistic about their lives than they had been in previous years. Over one-half (53%) of rural Nebraskans believed they were better off than they were five years ago. This was an increase from 44 percent the previous year, and the highest proportion in the survey’s 13 year history. Rural Nebraskans also had optimistic views about their future. Just under onehalf (45%) expected to be better off ten years from now, a slight increase from 41 percent last year. Rural Nebraskans had reason to be optimistic last year. In 2007, the agricultural economy was strong, especially for crop producers.