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U.S. Economic Confidence Index Level at -13
Economy

U.S. Economic Confidence Index Level at -13

by Rebecca Riffkin
U.S. Economic Confidence Index Level at -13

Story Highlights

  • Economic Confidence Index similar to prior week's average
  • Index remains down from brief uptick three weeks ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' evaluations of the economy are unchanged from last week and from most weeks so far this year. Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged -13 for the week ending Feb. 7. This is similar to scores since September, apart from a brief uptick to -7 after the State of the Union address in mid-January.

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The Economic Confidence Index was quite strong in early 2015, and consistently reached positive territory each week in January and early February of last year. Index scores fell in subsequent months, bottoming out at -17 in late August. Since that low point, scores have remained within a narrow window of -15 to -10, apart from the brief mid-January exception.

Americans' economic confidence has withstood significant volatility in the stock market in recent months and has seemed resistant to a new wave of declining gas prices as well as moderately positive news on the labor front. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 5.0% for the first time since 2008, although job gains in January did not meet expectations. Confidence has slightly increased since the report's release, with the index averaging -8 in Friday through Sunday interviews.

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index is the average of two components: how Americans rate current economic conditions and whether they feel the economy is getting better or getting worse. The index has a theoretical maximum of +100 if all U.S. adults say the economy is doing well and getting better, and it has a theoretical minimum of -100 if all U.S. adults say the economy is doing poorly and getting worse.

For the week ending Feb. 7, 26% of U.S. adults rated the current economy "excellent" or "good," while 31% rated it "poor." This resulted in a current conditions score of -5, down slightly from -3 the week before but similar to weekly scores in recent months. The economic outlook score for the week ending Feb. 7 was -20, similar to recent scores. This is the result of 38% of U.S. adults saying the economy is "getting better" and 58% saying it is "getting worse."

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These data are available in Gallup Analytics.

Survey Methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 1-7, 2016, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 3,038 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

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