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Economic Performance and Financial Security

What We Measure
The Economic Confidence Index summarizes Americans’ view of the economy based on their rating of current economic conditions and outlook for its performance. Gallup has measured economic confidence routinely since 1996 and has tracked other U.S. economic concerns for 20+ years, including the job market, stock ownership and retirement income. Globally, Gallup and the World Bank have tracked financial inclusion since 2011.
U.S. Economic Confidence Index
Current Conditions
Economic Outlook
Why it matters

Why Economic Performance and Financial Security Matter

Gallup's diverse economic ratings metrics provide a robust evaluation of Americans' mindset about the economy and their personal finances that can have implications for consumer spending, the labor market and political behavior.

The monthly Economic Confidence Index is strongly correlated with The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.

The Global Financial Inclusion Index (Global Findex) tracks how the world saves, borrows, pays and manages risk by tracking bank account ownership worldwide. The data are used to track progress toward the U.N. sustainable development goal (Indicator 8.10.2), the World Bank's goal of Universal Financial Access and the G-20 Digital Financial Inclusion Indicators.

Global Economic Measures

Gallup is the World Bank's research partner behind the data in the Global Findex database. Every three years, we conduct nationally representative surveys with adults aged 15 and older in more than 140 economies, tracking a host of indicators on how people use bank accounts, save money, access credit and manage financial risk.

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U.S. Economic Measures

U.S. Economic Confidence Index

Measured periodically from 1996 to 2000 and at least monthly thereafter, the index captures the nation’s economic mood on a scale from -100 to +100, where the midpoint of zero represents an equal balance of negative and positive views. The index is composed of two dimensions -- current conditions and economic outlook -- with each also having a potential range of -100 to +100.

U.S. Job Market

U.S. Stock Ownership

Americans' Financial Situation

Americans’ Financial Worry Index

Americans' Retirement Income

The U.S. Economic Confidence Index and U.S. Job Market data are based on annual averages of all measurements from nationally representative telephone polls conducted each year. Annual sample sizes vary depending on the number of measurements. Other economic indicators are based on nationally representative telephone polls of roughly 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted each April. All surveys are weighted to ensure the sample demographics conform with the most recent U.S. Census targets.

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How Gallup Tracks Economic Performance and Financial Security

Gallup partners with organizations worldwide to provide official statistics on some of the most pressing problems facing humankind. Explore some of our partnerships aimed at measuring and understanding nuances in economic performance and financial security around the globe.

Global Findex

Gallup and the World Bank partnered to measure how the world saves, borrows, pays and manages risk.

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U.S. Job Quality

Gallup, Lumina Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Omidyar Network partnered to uncover perceptions about jobs in the U.S.

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