Magic Number of the Day: 22

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That’s the share of people who think the U.S. economy is improving, compared to 33 percent who say it’s getting worse and 43 percent who say it’s staying the same, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. The 11-point gap is the biggest in monthly tracking since a 19-point gap in mid-January, when 19 percent of respondents said the economy was getting better and 38 percent said it was getting worse.

Here’s a look at some economic and political topics Bloomberg is watching today:

REVISE, NOT REPEAL: About 43 percent of Americans may want small modifications to the health-care law though they want to see how it works, according to a Bloomberg National Poll. That compares to 34 percent who want to repeal the measure. The Supreme Court will rule on the law in the next week. Heidi Przybyla has more about the poll.

ON THE ATTACK: Voters may decry so-called ‘negative’ television advertisements even as they respond to their messages. Lisa Lerer writes about how voters believe attacks by President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney that the opposition is “out of touch” with the everyday concerns of Americans.

MONEY MAVENS: Obama intensified his campaign spending in May as Romney focused on replenishing a campaign treasury he depleted to win the Republican presidential nomination. Obama spent $44.6 million in May, more than the $39.1 million he raised during the month — and more than three times the $14.6 million the president spent in April. Romney raised $23.4 million in May, about twice as much as he took in the previous month. Jonathan Salant and I analyze the campaign reports.

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