Washington Post-ABC News Consumer Comfort Index -- May 1, 2005

The Post-ABC Consumer Comfort Index is a rolling average based on telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly selected adults over the previous four-week period. The latest index is based on interviews through May 1.

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05/01/05            This  Last  4 Wks 3 Mo. 1 Yr. 12 Mo 12 Mo 12 Mo
                    Week  Week   Ago   Ago   Ago  High   Low   Avg
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Group
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GENERAL POPULATION:
Overall Index         -19   -17   -17   -11   -11    -4   -20   -10
 State of Economy     -34   -30   -32   -18   -28   -14   -34   -23
 Personal Finances     10    12    12    10    14    22     4    15
 Buying Climate       -34   -32   -30   -24   -20   -14   -34   -23
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                           OVERALL INDEX BY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS
Sex:                
   Men                -13   -14   -10     1   -10     6   -16    -2
   Women              -23   -19   -22   -20   -11   -10   -26   -18 
Age:                 
   18 - 34            -17   -11    -6    -2   -10     3   -23    -8
   35 - 44            -15   -12   -24   -16    -2    11   -29   -11
   45 - 54            -16   -20   -17    -6   -20    10   -23   -10
   55 - 64            -19   -22   -25   -15   -16    -1   -25   -13
   65+                -30   -32   -18   -19    -7     2   -32   -14
Income:                 
   Under $15K         -71   -75   -66   -55   -56   -35   -75   -53
   $15K To $24.9K     -46   -42   -31   -38   -34   -13   -61   -37
   $25K To $39.9K     -37   -30   -18   -12   -19    -2   -44   -21
   $40K To $49.9K     -27   -21   -13   -29    -4    27   -37   -10
   Over $50K           13    16    18    24    15    35    10    20
   $50K To $74.9K      -2     3     4    13   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
   $75K To $99.9K       4     5    18    30   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
   Over $100K          40    42    32    36   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
Region:                

   Northeast          -28   -23   -12   -27   -20     2   -28   -15
   Midwest            -13   -16   -26    -3    -7     7   -29   -11
   South              -16   -14   -17    -9    -5     4   -19   -10
   West               -18   -15    -9    -4   -16     5   -21    -6
Race:                	
   White              -14   -13   -10    -4    -5     3   -16    -5
   Black              -56   -55   -52   -46   -34   -20   -59   -40
Politics:                  
   Republican          22    19    14    38    42    47    10    32
   Democrat           -39   -40   -45   -38   -40   -29   -47   -38
   Independent        -30   -22   -16   -16   -29    -3   -30   -17
Education:                  
   < High School      -52   -55   -50   -34   -31   -21   -60   -41
   High Sch. Grad.    -22   -20   -24   -22   -12    -2   -32   -17
   College +           -6    -3     0     6    -3    14    -6     4
Home:                     
   Own                 -9    -9    -9     1    -4     7    -9    -2
   Rent               -41   -36   -35   -35   -26   -19   -46   -31
Marital Status:                  
   Single             -29   -22   -25   -19   -17   -11   -29   -19
   Married             -1     0    -4     5     1    15   -12     3
   Sep/Wid/Div        -49   -49   -36   -33   -31   -21   -49   -33
Employ. Status:               
   Full-Time           -7    -7    -3     2     5    12   -16     1
   Part-Time          -29   -31   -26   -11   -14    -3   -35   -16
   Not Employed       -30   -24   -29   -24   -28   -15   -30   -23



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