Is The Prospect Of A Clinton Victory Spooking Business?

There's little doubt that consumers' perceptions of the state of the economy are critical to George Bush's chances of reelection. A Washington Post/ABC News poll in mid-September, for example, indicated that 82% of those who think economic conditions are improving favor Bush, while 69% of those who think conditions are worsening favor Bill Clinton. The problem is that economic pessimists outnumber optimists by 6 to 1 (59% of respondents vs. 10%).

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