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Americans feel better about future: Reuters poll

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Growing confidence in the future and slightly warmer views of President George W. Bush and Congress put Americans in a better mood this month, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

The Reuters/Zogby Index, which measures the mood of the country, rose sharply to 99.3 in February from last month's 94.2, putting it at the highest level since August.

Approval ratings for Bush climbed to 34 percent from 31 percent last month, and positive ratings for Congress inched up from 14 percent to a still-low 17 percent.

Concerns about personal finances, job security, safety and the direction of the country all eased at least slightly in the last month, brightening the outlook for Americans who had slipped into a funk around the holidays.

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"People are adjusting their expectations. They see a recession coming but they still feel better about their future," pollster John Zogby said.

"The focus now is on the future. There is going to be a new president and a new Congress and people feel good about that," he said.
Wonder if we can call this the "Light at the end of the Tunnel" bounce.

While a strangely conflicted survey, an uptick in confidence will provide goodness down the road. We are going to need all the confidence we can muster.

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If this is the beginning of a new trend, I wonder what it portends for the '08 general election?

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I love the way you add your own editorial slant to the figures. Bush's approval "climbs" from 31% to 34%, a linear increase of 3%. However, the approval rating of Congress "inches" from 14% to 17%, or the same linear increase. Looking at it from another point of view, while Bush's approval rating increased by 9.6% (3/31), Congress's approval skyrocketed by 21.4% (3/14).

Lies....damn lies....and statistics.
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I love the way you add your own editorial slant to the figures. Bush's approval "climbs" from 31% to 34%, a linear increase of 3%. However, the approval rating of Congress "inches" from 14% to 17%, or the same linear increase. Looking at it from another point of view, while Bush's approval rating increased by 9.6% (3/31), Congress's approval skyrocketed by 21.4% (3/14).

Lies....damn lies....and statistics.

It's not lies, I do not think jay would ever outright lie, he just runs about a 12 to 18 months behind everyone else on most current events.......but hey once that bandwagon is full he always manages to sqeeze on in the last possible seat..........
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I love the way you add your own editorial slant to the figures. Bush's approval "climbs" from 31% to 34%, a linear increase of 3%. However, the approval rating of Congress "inches" from 14% to 17%, or the same linear increase. Looking at it from another point of view, while Bush's approval rating increased by 9.6% (3/31), Congress's approval skyrocketed by 21.4% (3/14).

Lies....damn lies....and statistics.
Talk about a "slant..." You're on your back!

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It's not lies, I do not think jay would ever outright lie, he just runs about a 12 to 18 months behind everyone else on most current events.......but hey once that bandwagon is full he always manages to sqeeze on in the last possible seat..........
I prefer to think that I run 12 to 18 months ahead of everyone else...

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Anybody who thinks a single data point is a trend come see me for investment opportunities.

The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and thats what I intend to reverse.

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Anybody who thinks a single data point is a trend come see me for investment opportunities.
True, but any time a single data point significantly breaks a long trend everyone had better take note!

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