Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged -11 for the week ending Dec. 6, similar to the previous week's -12. This is on the higher end of the index's -11 to -15 range since September.

Gallup analyst Justin McCarthy notes that over the past two weeks, the gain has been two points, as the economic outlook component of the data benchmark has improved. McCarthy writes:

The economic outlook score last week was -15, reflecting 40% of Americans saying the economy is "getting better" and 55% saying it is "getting worse." This is a bit higher than figures found in the past several weeks.

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