Washington Post-ABC News Consumer Comfort Index Survey

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. New data is released every Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET (more methodology details). For full survey data, click here.

The index is based on three core questions (see below). These questions ask respondents to rate the condition of the national economy, the state of their personal finances and whether now is a good time to buy things. Margin of sampling error for the results of each of the component questions is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A more complete explanation of the metholodogy is online here. Questions about the CCI can be addressed to polls@washpost.com.

Consumer Comfort Index Questions and Net Response Scales for Current Week

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

             Net Pos.*   Excel.    Good    Net Neg.     Not-So-Good    Poor
             --------    -----     ----    ---------    -----------    ---- 
12/30/07        31         4        27        69            44          25

Q: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

             Net Pos.    Excel.    Good    Net Neg.     Not-So-Good    Poor
             --------    -----     ----    ---------    -----------    ---- 
12/30/07       57          8        49        43            30          13

Q: Considering the cost of things today and your own personal finances, would you say now is an excellent time, a good time, not so good a time, or a poor time to buy the things you want and need?

             Net Pos.    Excel.    Good    Net Neg.     Not-So-Good    Poor
             --------    -----     ----    ---------    -----------    ---- 
12/30/07        32         3        29        68           45           23

* Key: "Net Pos.," short for "Net Positive," combines the two positive response categories ("excellent" and "good"). "Net Neg.," short for "Net Negative," combines the two negative response categories ("poor" and "not-so-good"). Details on the complete survey methodology are here.


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