Bloomberg by the Numbers: 28

That’s the number of consecutive weeks that the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index has been higher for Democrats than Republicans.

The 28-week streak is a record, according to Langer Research Associates, which conducts the index by asking Americans to rate the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate. The index, which ranges from minus 100 to plus 100, was minus 25.9 for Democrats and minus 34.0 for Republicans in the week ended Sept. 30. It was minus 36.9 percent for all respondents, a three-month high.

The findings underscore how many Americans may be evaluating the economy through the prism of a competitive presidential election.

Democrats say that a drop in the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent, the lowest since President Barack Obama took office, demonstrate that the president’s policies are helping the economy emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression. The drop in the unemployment rate is “a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now,” Obama said a campaign event Oct. 5 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney said “this is not what a real recovery looks like,” in an Oct. 5 statement in which the former Massachusetts governor said he would create 12 million jobs through “pro-growth policies.”

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