Washington, D.C. - Consumer confidence is up across all indices with the strongest positive movement in the Current Conditions, Jobs and Investment Indices as consumers seem to be in positive spirits exiting the holidays. While evaluations and expectations of the economy remain relatively weak, more consumers are expressing optimism about their personal financial health then we have observed in over 6 months.
The RBC Consumer Outlook Index currently stands at 45.8, up 5.5 points from last month (40.3) making this the strongest month of consumer confidence since June 2011.
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos online poll conducted December 27-29, 2011. For this survey, a national sample of 1021 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.
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