Economic outlook – Colmar Brunton

This from 1 News Colmar Brunton shows fluctuations in public perceptions of economic outlook – “In the next 12 months do you think the economy will be better/worse?”:

This shows  fluctuations over the last ten years:

This shows that most of the time there is more optimism than pessimism about the economy but occasionally there is a small majority who think the economic outlook is worse than better.

I have no idea how people form opinions on economic outlook, and how much this is influenced by personal rather than national issues.