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Customers enter the Apple Inc. store in New York.

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Customers enter the Apple Inc. store in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 6

That’s how many consecutive weeks the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index has declined. The index, which is based on Americans’ views of the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate, fell to minus 37.9 in the week ended Nov....

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Valley Appliance employees deliver a Maytag Corp. electric stove to a customer in Princeton, Illinois.

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Valley Appliance employees deliver a Maytag Corp. electric stove to a customer in Princeton, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -34.4

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Nov. 4, the highest rating of the economy in more than four years. The index, produced for Bloomberg by Langer Research Associates, asks people to rate the national economy, the buying climate...

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GOP cufflinks during a rally in Atlanta.

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GOP cufflinks during a rally in Atlanta.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 17.3

That’s the difference in consumer confidence between Democrats and Republicans as measured by the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended July 22. The index — a measurement of respondents’ views on the economy, the buying climate and their...

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Shoppers with a Hollister Co. shopping bag in New York.

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Shoppers with a Hollister Co. shopping bag in New York.

Magic Number of the Day: -37.6

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index (CCI) for the week ended June 3. The index, which asks people to rate the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate, rose for the third straight week, a break from the losing...

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Job seekers in New York on April 18, 2012.

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Job seekers in New York on April 18, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: Minus 31.4

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...

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George W. Bush confetti after the Republican National Convention in New York, on September 2, 2004.

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George W. Bush confetti after the Republican National Convention in New York, on September 2, 2004.

Consumer Confidence? It May Depend on Your Politics

Among Democrats, consumer confidence is improving. For Republicans, it’s worsening. Why? Maybe it has something to do with election-year politics and a presidential campaign that is becoming more focused. “With partisanship in full force, Democrats may be filtering their assessments...

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Protesters mock Mitt Romney in Los Angeles, on March 27, 2012.

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Protesters mock Mitt Romney in Los Angeles, on March 27, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: 17

That’s the gap between Democrats and Republicans in the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended April 8. The index, which asks people what they think about the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate, was minus...

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A shopper with a 2012 Chevrolet Volt in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2012.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A shopper with a 2012 Chevrolet Volt in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: -30.2

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for Democrats in the week ended March 25. It’s the highest level for Democrats since November 2007. The index, which asks respondents what they think about the national economy, the buying climate and their...

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