Consumer confidence

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The consumer confidence index is a monthly survey of public attitudes towards the economy. It is compared to the optimism of the nation in 1985, which was arbitrarily given a score of 100[1]. Hence a score below 100 means the public is less confident about the economy, while a score above 100 means the public is more confident. The highest ever recorded response to the consumer confidence index was a 144.7 in January, 2000 during the presidency of Bill Clinton[2], with 54% of the households surveyed describing employment opportunities as "plentiful"[3]. By contrast, the lowest ever recorded on the consumer confidence index was a 25.3 in February, 2003 during the George W. Bush administration.[2] This monthly report is watched closely by stock market traders and politicians.