On July 5, 2017 Gallup released the poll results titled “Americans’ Confidence In Economy Remains at Low for the Year.”
Notable excerpts include:
Americans’ confidence in the economy remained at a 2017 low in June, with Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaging +3 for the second month in a row. Despite confidence lagging below January’s monthly record high of +11, June nonetheless marked the eighth consecutive month in which U.S. adults rated the economy positively.
Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index is the average of two components: how Americans rate current economic conditions and whether they believe the economy is improving or getting worse. The index has a theoretical maximum of +100 if all Americans were to say the economy is doing well and improving, and a theoretical minimum of -100 if all were to say the economy is doing poorly and getting worse.
Last week, Americans’ confidence in the economy averaged a score of 0, the first time in the 33 full weeks since the presidential election that the index’s weekly average was not positive. However, this may be more of a fluke than a harbinger — lower scores in the middle of the week dragged down the weekly average. They returned to previous levels by the end of the week.
Last month, Americans continued to view current economic conditions positively, with 33% describing the economy as “excellent” or “good” compared with 23% describing it as “poor.” This leaves the current conditions component at +10 for June, identical to its performance in May.
For the third month in a row, however, a slightly larger share of Americans (49%) said the economy is “getting worse” than said it is “getting better” (45%). This puts the economic outlook component at -4 in June, in line with its May reading.
Here is an accompanying chart of the two components of the Gallup Economic Confidence Index, discussed above:
Here is an accompanying chart of the Gallup Economic Confidence Index:
The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation
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