Gallup: Economic confidence level in April

The Commerce Department announced Friday that the nation’s economy grew at a 2.2 percent clip in the first quarter, lower than had been expected. 

The economy also added 120,000 jobs in March, after adding in excess of 200,000 jobs for several months in a row. The April jobs report is due out Friday.

Gallup said that, while its index averaged out to the same score in March and April, confidence had fallen a bit in the last week of April. On the other hand, March had softer scores at the beginning of the month.

The polling company’s index combines the country’s views on both where the economy stands and whether or not it is getting better. In recent months, the index has found Americans more optimistic about where the economy is headed than current conditions.