By Bernie Becker - 07/31/12 02:54 PM EDT
The economy, and voters’ perception of current conditions, is expected to play a central role in November’s election, as President Obama seeks a second term with unemployment currently north of 8 percent.
As Franco also noted, the index found that consumers’ expectations improved, but that their sense of current conditions took a slight dip.
The Conference Board numbers also rose while other confidence indicators have declined. Gallup’s economic confidence index fell last week, the polling company announced Tuesday, dropping to levels last seen in January.