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IBD/TIPP Poll Finds Record Optimism Gap Between Sexes, Races

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index held steady at 51.3 in June, just below its level before Donald Trump's surprise election fueled a short-lived surge in spirits that carried the index to a 12-year high of 56.4 in February.

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Latest IBD/TIPP Poll Shows Sustained Level of Economic Positivity for Past Nine Months

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, indicates that consumer confidence has remained steady, with the June reading at 51.3, the same as May’s index reading. This remains slightly above the 12-month average of 51. It also marks the ninth consecutive month above 50, which indicates optimism.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Brightens in October

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 4.6 points, or 9.9%, in October, posting a reading of 51.3 vs. 46.7 in September.  The index is 3.8 points above its 12-month average of 47.5, 6.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the last recession, and 2.3 points above its all-time average of 49.0.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Slips in September

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index dropped 1.7 points, or 3.5%, in September, posting a reading of 46.7 vs. 48.4 in August.  The index is 0.4 points below its 12-month average of 47.1, 2.3 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the last recession, and 2.1 points below its all-time average of 48.8.

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Throwing The Flag On Obama For Excessive Celebration After Jobs Report

After another mediocre jobs report showing gains barely keeping up with natural labor force growth, Barack Obama rushed to the TV cameras and spiked the football in the end zone.  But if there had been referees, he would have been penalized for excessive celebration.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Inches Up in February

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index edged up 0.5 points, or 1.1%, in February, posting a reading of 47.8 vs. 47.3 in January.  The index is 0.3 points above its 12-month average of 47.5, 3.4 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the last recession, and 1.3 points below its all-time average of 49.1.

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Economic Optimism Still Low As Stocks Spook Investors

Americans are still modestly pessimistic about the economy, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, with investor confidence sinking after the Dow industrials and S&P 500 suffered their worst-ever starts to a new year.

The Economic Optimism Index edged up 0.1 point in January to 47.3. Readings above 50 signal optimism. But aside from two months in early 2015, the index has been below 50 since October 2012.

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GDP Data Explain Trump Surge, Fed Rate Hike Timing

The economy rose at a 2% annual rate in the third quarter, revised down from 2.1% and Q2’s 3.9%, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The U.S. is on pace for a 10th straight year of failing to achieve 3% annual growth. That helps explain why it took nearly a decade for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, and why Donald Trump has had so much support in his presidential run.

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Personal Financial Outlook Is Most Upbeat In 3 Years

Americans are more upbeat about their own financial prospects than at any point in the past three years, even though they're still not optimistic about the direction of the broad economy, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Declines in August

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index slipped 1.2 points, or 2.5% in August, posting a reading of 46.9 vs. 48.1 in July.  The index is 1.2 points below its 12-month average of 48.1, 2.5 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.3 points below its all-time average of 49.2.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Unchanged in July

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index maintained its June reading of 48.1 in the July survey.  The index is 0.2 points above its 12-month average of 47.9, 3.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 1.1 points below its all-time average of 49.2.

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Financial Stress Index Spikes The Most Since Oct. 2008

A sputtering economy, rising gas prices and other factors fueled the biggest rise in financial stress since the peak of the credit crisis in October 2008, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Weakens in June

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index slipped 1.6 points, or 3.2% in June, posting a reading of 48.1 vs. 49.7 in May.  The index is 0.4 points above its 12-month average of 47.7, 3.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 1.1 points below its all-time average of 49.2.

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Jobs Recovery Leaves Those Who Lack College Degrees Behind

The uneven U.S. recovery isn't lifting all boats. For those with college degrees, jobs are plentiful, while for those with high school education or less, they're nearly nonexistent. This is America's real inequality problem.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Slips in May

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index slipped 1.6 points, or 3.1% in May, posting a reading of 49.7 vs. 51.3 in April.  The index is 2.0 points above its 12-month average of 47.7, 5.3 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 0.5 points above its all-time average of 49.2.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rebounds in April

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 2.2 points, or 4.5% in April, posting a reading of 51.3 vs. 49.1 in March.  The index is 3.9 points above its 12-month average of 47.4, 6.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.1 points above its all-time average of 49.2.

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Working Class Gives Up On Obama, Fears Job Losses

In what could be a significant opening for the Republican Party, working-class Americans have largely abandoned President Obama and rejected his economic policies as they continue to suffer from the historically weak economic recovery, a new analysis of IBD/TIPP Poll data finds.

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