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Wall Street, Gloomy Main Street May Both Be Right

The Economy: On a day when the Dow 30 takes out a record high, the latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows the public turning gloomy. Wall Street obviously sees some reason to cheer, but what is it?

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Nosedives in March; 59% Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 5.1  points, or 10.8%, in March, posting 42.2 vs. 47.3 in February.  The index is 5.5 points below its 12-month average of 47.7, 2.2 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 7.5 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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Beam: Obama Doesn’t See Debt Problem

President Obama's State of the Union speech made Page 1 headlines across the nation Wednesday. However, it was a rare headline on Page B8 of our newspaper that caught my attention. It said, "January surplus shrinks 2013 U.S. budget deficit."

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Improves in February; 56% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.8  points, or 1.7%, in February, posting 47.3 vs. 46.5 in January.  The index is 0.9 points below its 12-month average of 48.2, 2.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.5 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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Why Washington and Its Debt Woes Eclipse 'Jobs' as Public's Top Concerns

The mood shift, which showed up in a new Gallup poll, doesn't coincide with marked improvement in the jobs outlook. Rather, it indicates that Americans are becoming more worried about Washington's management of debt and other fiscal matters.

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In Obama's America, Only Debt and Dependency Grow

Welfare State: The Congressional Budget Office says the government is on track for another $1 trillion deficit year. That's the bad news. Worse is that most of it goes to programs that increase government dependency.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in January; 59% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 1.4  points, or 3.1%, in January, posting 46.5 vs. 45.1 in December.  The index is 1.8 points below its 12-month average of 48.3, 2.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 3.3 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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Trentonian Editorial: The People’s Math

The White House and congressional Republicans are always saying that the other side's math doesn't add up. Speaking of math that doesn't add up, check out the people's math — if you can call it that.

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Economic Optimism Falls. Are 'Fiscal Cliff' Worries To Blame?

A new Monitor/TIPP poll shows Americans' outlook on the economy soured in December, across the board – coinciding with the 'fiscal cliff' standoff. For Republicans, economic optimism has hit rock bottom.

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Consumer Confidence Falls Sharply, Second Month In A Row

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 3.5  points, or 7.2%, in December, posting 45.1 vs. 48.6 in November.  The index is 3.3 points below its 12-month average of 48.4, 0.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 4.7 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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IBD/TIPP Poll: Fiscal Cliff Deflates Democratic Hope

Democrats stopped basking in the afterglow of President Barack Obama's re-election victory and abruptly lowered their outlook on the economy this month, as fears of the "fiscal cliff" dominate year-end headlines, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll released Tuesday.

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Economic Optimism Plunges In Post-Vote IBD/TIPP Poll

If newly re-elected President Obama was hoping to float into his second term on a cloud of renewed national optimism and bipartisan goodwill, he's likely to be disappointed.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Nosedives

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 5.4  points, or 10%, in November, posting 48.6 vs. 54 in October.  The index is 0.4 points above its 12-month average of 48.2, 4.2 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 1.3 points below its all-time average of 49.9.

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Consumer Confidence Pops: GOP Gets Election Optimism

The recent surge in economic optimism looked even more partisan in the latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism poll, with Republicans now suddenly turning more upbeat this month after Democrats had a similar spike last month. Both may have more to do with the looming presidential election than with the economy.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises to 71 Month High

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 2.2  points, or 4.2%, in October posting 54 vs. 51.8 in September.  The index is 6.4 points above its 12-month average of 47.6, 9.6 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 4.1 points above its all-time average of 49.9.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises To Twenty Month High

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 6.2 points, or 13.6%, in September posting 51.8 vs. 45.6 in August. The index is 5.4 points above its 12-month average of 46.4, 7.4 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 2.0 points above its all-time average of 49.8.

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