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U.S. Economic Confidence Steady This Summer

U.S. Economic Confidence Steady This Summer

U.S. Economic Confidence Steady This Summer

Story Highlights

  • Economic Confidence Index registers -12 for third straight week
  • Index has remained calm since mid-2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' confidence in the economy remains stable, with the Gallup U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaging -12 for the week ending Aug. 28. This is the index's third consecutive week at this level.

U.S. Economic Confidence Index -- Weekly Averages Since January 2015

The index has remained relatively calm since mid-summer 2015, after declining from +5 in January 2015. The average weekly index over the past year has been -12, equal to last week's score.

However, the index has reached a standstill over the past month. It hit -10 in late July after the Democratic convention and has remained near this level since then. Interestingly, this stability aligns with unusual calm for the U.S. stock market, typically a fountain of volatility. The Standard & Poor's 500 index recently logged its least volatile 30-day period (that is, the smallest day-to-day change in prices) in more than two decades.

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 improving or getting worse. The index has a theoretical maximum of +100 if all Americans say the economy is doing well and improving, and a theoretical minimum of -100 if all Americans say the economy is doing poorly and getting worse.

The current conditions score averaged -4 last week, reflecting 26% of Americans saying current economic conditions are "excellent" or "good" and 30% saying they are "poor." The economic outlook component averaged -20, reflecting 38% of Americans saying the economy is "getting better" and 58% saying it is "getting worse."

U.S. Economic Confidence Index Components -- Weekly Averages Since January 2015

Survey Methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 22-28, 2016, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 3,456 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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