Washington, DC - Consumer confidence is up a point to stand at 47.6 for May, 2012. This small gain is mostly driven by improvements in economic expectations (up 1.7 points to 57.5) and current financial conditions (up 1.5 points to 38.7).
The improvements in financial conditions is significantly impacted be the lessening of price pressures on consumers, particularly of gasoline (Inflation index down 2.3 points to 75.7).
However, employment security continues to weaken as experience with job loss mounts and faith in employment prospects remain weak (down 0.5 points to 53.6).
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos online poll conducted April 26-29, 2012. For this survey, a national sample of 1,005 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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