Broadcast Date: December 9, 2014

Since January 2008, Gallup has tracked Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy on a daily basis, creating an unprecedented trend-line in consumer attitudes that has produced some remarkable findings. Lydia Saad, senior editor at Gallup, led the Webinar "Analyzing Gallup's Economic Confidence Index" and discussed the history and meaning of this metric, including:

  • how the Economic Confidence Index is calculated, and how to interpret the numbers
  • what Americans' current views are on the economy, and whether the 2014 midterms have had any effect on consumers' outlook for where the economy is headed
  • the importance of economic confidence as an economic - and political - indicator

Lydia Saad is a Senior Editor of the Gallup Poll. Since joining Gallup in 1992, she has done extensive analysis of U.S. consumer attitudes, helping to develop the Gallup Economic Confidence Index and other economic metrics. Saad served on the executive council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research from 1998-1999 as Publications and Information chair. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from Villanova University and her master's degree in political science/survey research from the University of Connecticut.

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