Government shutdown hurt confidence in economy, study says

Oct 25, 2013

Americans are less optimistic about the economy in the wake of the partial government shutdown earlier this month.

That information is coming from the University of Michigan’s "Index of Consumer Sentiment", which measures how confident consumers are in their economy.

Experts say the latest drop in consumer sentiment may impact the holiday shopping season.

From the Associated Press:

Americans made more negative references to the federal government's impact on the economy this month than at any time in the roughly 50-year history of the survey.

"Consumers have increasingly moved toward the view that the government has become the primary obstacle to more robust economic growth," the report said.

Richard Curtin, director of the survey, said that it was the third time in the past three years that negative comments about the government had reached a record level. The previous two occurred when Congress and the White House fought over raising the borrowing limit in August 2011 and when a package of tax increases and spending cuts, known as the "fiscal cliff," loomed at the beginning of this year.

"After each repeated advance in optimism during the past three years, a revival of the DC follies promptly reversed the gain," Curtin said.

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom