Decline in Consumer Confidence Included U.S. Swing States: Chart

The run for the White House may be leaving U.S. consumers gassed. While it’s difficult to conclude with any certainty that politics are to blame, the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index shows that Americans in swing states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, where countless campaign ads and verbal attacks at rallies are common, have heard enough from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Overall consumer confidence fell to a three-month low of 98.6 in October from 103.5 a month earlier.

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