Consumer Confidence Advances Again

The index is +6 in the South and West alike, compared with 0 in the Northeast and -12 in the Midwest.

Here's a closer look at the three components of the ABC/Post CCI:

NATIONAL ECONOMY -- Forty-six percent of Americans rate the economy as excellent or good; it was 44 percent last week. The highest percentage of Americans rating the economy as excellent or good was 80 percent on Jan. 16, 2000. The lowest was 7 percent in late 1991 and early 1992.

PERSONAL FINANCES -- Sixty-five percent say their own finances are excellent or good; it was 64 percent last week. The highest percentage who said their finances were excellent or good was 70 percent on Aug. 30, 1998, matched in January 2000. The lowest was 42 percent on March 14, 1993.

BUYING CLIMATE -- Forty percent say it's an excellent or good time to buy things; it was 38 percent last week. The highest percentage was 57 percent on Jan. 16, 2000. The lowest was 20 percent in the fall of 1990.

METHODOLOGY -- Interviews for the ABC News/Washington Post Consumer Comfort Index are reported in a four-week rolling average. This week's results come from telephone interviews among a random national sample of 1,000 adults in the four weeks that ended Nov. 12, 2006. The results have a three-point error margin. The expectations question was asked of 500 respondents Nov. 1-12; that result has a 4.5-point margin of error. Field work was done by ICR-International Communications Research of Media, Pa.

The index is derived by subtracting the negative response to each index question from the positive response to that question. The three resulting numbers are added and divided by three. The index can range from +100 (everyone positive on all three measures) to -100 (all negative on all three measures). The survey began in December 1985.

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