Consumer Pain Is Gallup's Gain

Gallup's new tool gauges consumer confidence daily. Right now, 85% of Americans say economic conditions are getting worse

There's a new traffic report every 10 minutes, and stock prices change by the second. But the two best-known indicators of consumer confidence come out only once a month. That's a long wait between temperature readings. Now, the Gallup Organization is elbowing its way into the consumer-confidence business with an indicator that comes out daily. That's the good news. The bad news? Gallup's latest data show that consumer confidence is still heading toward the basement.

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