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‘Americans Are Deeply Pessimistic’

‘Why is pessimism worse than at times when the economy was objectively worse?’Claudia Sahm at Bloomberg

“The economy is strong,” says Claudia Sahm at Bloomberg. Consumer spending jumped 4% last quarter. Real net worth skyrocketed from 2019 to 2022. But polls show far more Americans are “expecting the economy to be worse in the next five years than better.” Why are people gloomier than “when the economy was objectively worse, like in the 1970s and early 1980s?” Blame social media. Negative posts amplify “bad news over good news,” resulting in “amped-up pessimism.”

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