Confidence in economy weaker than a year ago, poll finds

Gallup found that 47 percent of Americans rate current economic conditions as "poor," compared to 44 percent who felt that way a year ago.

Sixty-three percent also say that current economic conditions are "getting worse," compared to 58 percent a year ago.

"Despite increased optimism on Wall Street that the U.S. economy will avoid a double-dip recession, Gallup's economic confidence data suggest consumer perceptions of the future course of the economy remain near their lows of the year. Neither the Labor Day holiday nor the upturn on Wall Street has been enough to shake consumers out of their doldrums."

Congressional Democrats will try to rekindle consumer confidence by passing a small-business jobs package that provides $12 billion in tax relief and expands credit to small businesses. The Senate is expected to begin debate on the measure later Tuesday.