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Twelve Charts That Show a Massive Divide in How Americans See the Economy

Checking in on consumer confidence.
Attendees wave flags during a Super Tuesday rally for Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, in Miami, on March 1.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

In the midst of a heated presidential election campaign, it's clear that America is a nation divided on both personal pocketbook issues and those relating to the national economy.

Some of these differences play out along partisan lines. For instance, Democratic consumer sentiment increased markedly relative to Republican consumer sentiment upon recapturing the White House in 2009, with the gap between the two rising to its highest level on record.