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Consumer Confidence Increases, Americans Still Pessimistic

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 2.2 points, or 5.4%, in December posting 42.8 vs. 40.6 in November.  The index is 0.1 points below its 12-month average of 42.9 and 1.6 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 7.2 points below its all-time average of 50.0.

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Unemployment Decline To 8.6%: A Statistical Fluke?

Jobs: Americans woke up Friday to the good news that the unemployment rate had dropped sharply from 9% to 8.6%. On closer inspection, the decline is highly questionable — and doesn't warrant a surge in optimism.

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Consumer Confidence Edges Up, Americans Continue to be Pessimistic

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.3 points, or 0.7%, in November posting 40.6 vs. 40.3 in October.  The index is 2.6 points below its 12-month average of 43.2 and 3.8 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 9.4 points below its all-time average of 50.0.

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Consumer Confidence Edges Up, Americans Still Pessimistic

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.4 points, or 1.0%, in October posting 40.3 vs. 39.9 in September. In August, the index had crashed to its historic low of 35.8.  The index is 3.4 points below its 12-month average of 43.7 and 4.1 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 9.8 points below its all-time average of 50.1.

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How Americans See President Obama's Economic Performance?

[Updated - September 10, 2012] In the latest TIPP poll, 35% of Americans give President Obama an A or B for creating jobs and economic growth,  33% give him good grades for his managing of the federal budget, and 37% give him good grades for his handling of the economy.

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TIPP Job Report

[Updated - May 6, 2013] According to our latest TIPP survey, 20% of U.S. households have at least one person looking for employment in April.  Nearly three-tenths (29%) of U.S. households are concerned that a family member may be laid off in the next twelve months. The share of "Job Sensitive" households is 40%.

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