Magic Number of the Day: Minus 31.4

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Job seekers in New York on April 18, 2012.

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended April 15, slightly lower than the minus 32.8 reading for the previous week.

The index — which asks respondents for their views on the economy, personal finances and buying climate — matched its level two weeks ago as its highest since March 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession.

The index for Democrats rose to minus 19.2, its highest level since August 2007. It was minus 29 for independents and minus 34.7 for Republicans, who say that Mitt Romney, their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, will be a better steward of the economy than President Barack Obama.

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