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What a difference a year makes. As consumers head into the all-important holiday season, their confidence in the economy has gone bust.

How consumers view U.S. economic conditions

Excellent Good Fair Poor N/A

2001

Nov. 8-11 2% 29% 50% 19% -

Oct. 11-14 2% 36% 48% 13% 1%

Sept. 14-15 3% 43% 44% 9% 1%

Aug. 16-19 2% 34% 49% 14% 1%

2000

Nov. 13-15 19% 53% 21% 7% -

Oct. 25-28 14% 57% 24% 4% 1%

Aug. 18-19 25% 49% 21% 4% 1%

But take heart: The numbers have only fallen back to mid-1990s

levels, to the days before the dot-com and stock-market boom and bust.

Excellent Good Fair Poor N/A

Nov. 1997 10% 48% 33% 10% -

Nov. 1996 2% 28% 49% 20% 1%

Nov. 1995 2% 28% 47% 22% 1%

Note: Numbers are rounded.

Source: Gallup Organization periodic polls of U.S. households.

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