Ipsos/RBC Consumer Outlook Index: January 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Washington, D.C. - As we enter the New Year, the first RBC Consumer Outlook Index of the year shows small improvements across the board in consumer outlook. This is likely related in part to the resolution of the fiscal cliff issue early in 2013. While the improvements are moderate, this shift in views does signal that American consumers are entering 2013 with an overall improved economic outlook.

The overall RBC Consumer Outlook Index sees consumer confidence up 1.1 points to 48.0.

  • The RBC Current Conditions Index shows positive movement of 1.3 points to 38.6, among the highest ratings of the past 12 months. This in particular likely reflects public optimism about the fiscal cliff resolution.
  • The RBC Investment Index has also improved, up 1.1 points to 41.8.
  • The RBC Jobs Index posts a positive change, up 0.8 to 56.4. This brings it back in line with the more optimistic ratings found on this measure in the autumn of 2012.
  • The RBC Expectations Index shows some recovery from last month’s large drop, up 0.7 points to 56.0.
  • Finally, the RBC Inflation Index shows that consumers continue to feel the burden of pricing pressures. The Inflation Index posts an increase of 1.8 points to stand at 77.6.

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos online poll conducted Jan 7-9, 2013. For this survey, a national sample of 1,004 adults from Ipsos' U.S. online panel was interviewed online. Weighting then was employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the U.S. adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls because they are based on samples drawn from opt-in online panels, not on random samples that mirror the population within a statistical probability ratio. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

More data and full technical details are available in the topline document attached.

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Julia Clark
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Ipsos/RBC Consumer Outlook Index: January 2013


Julia Clark
Senior Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs