Americans' confidence in economy slips amid COVID-19 surge: poll
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Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy has dropped amid the nationwide COVID-19 surge largely driven by the delta variant.

In the latest Gallup poll, 60 percent of respondents said that they think the economy is getting worse, with only 37 percent saying it is getting better.

Gallup's Economic Confidence Index, which summarizes Americans' views of the economy, also dropped from -6 to -12, putting it around the same level it was in February. The index is measured on a scale of -100 to 100, with -100 occurring if all respondents rated economic conditions as poor and believed the economy was getting worse, and 100 if all respondents rated conditions as excellent or good and believed the economy was improving, according to Gallup.

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Along party lines, economic confidence fell among respondents who identified as Republicans and independents, but not among Democrats.  

Gallup noted that the overall drop in confidence coincides with the recent surge of coronavirus infections across the country. The number of Americans who said that COVID-19 was the most important problem facing the U.S. doubled in August.

The economic shock brought on by the pandemic also seems to impact Americans' economic optimism, with numerous employers still struggling to fill the positions they do have available. 

Gallup surveyed 1,006 adults between Aug. 2-17. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.