The Peter G. Peterson Foundation launched the Fiscal Confidence Index to help policymakers, members of the media, and other interested parties gauge public opinion on the national debt, and provide the public with an instrument to communicate their concerns or optimism to elected officials. The Fiscal Confidence Index will be released monthly throughout 2013, as Congress and the president continue working to address our long-term fiscal challenges.
The new Fiscal Confidence Index is modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index and measures public opinion about the national debt by asking questions in three key areas:
- CONCERN: Level of concern and views about the direction of the national debt.
- PRIORITY: How high a priority addressing the debt should be for elected leaders.
- EXPECTATIONS: Expectations about whether the debt situation will get better or worse in the next few years.
The individual scores in these three areas are averaged to produce the Fiscal Confidence Index value. For November 2013, the Fiscal Confidence Index value is 44 (100 is neutral) — a rebound from the all-time low of 38 in October. While voters are not as pessimistic about the national debt as they were last month, Americans continue to call for a more urgent focus on the problem, a few weeks after Washington reached temporary resolutions on funding the government and the debt ceiling.
The Fiscal Confidence Index will be an important indicator of the American public's views about our fiscal situation and the progress elected leaders are making in addressing our long-term debt. Check back monthly for updates.
LATEST FISCAL NEWS
- November 2013 | Press Release
- October 2013 | Press Release
- September 2013 | Press Release
- August 2013 | Press Release
- July 2013 | Press Release
- June 2013 | Press Release
- May 2013 | Press Release
- April 2013 | Press Release
- March 2013 | Press Release
- February 2013 | Press Release
- January 2013 | Press Release
- December 2012 | Press Release
Current Fiscal Confidence Index Value