Happy-ish news: Gallup's Economic Confidence Index broke through the glass ceiling of negative-17 for the first time in its four-year history of daily tracking.
The index can go as high as 100, if all respondents say the economy is strong and improving, or as low as negative-100, if everybody says things are bad and getting worse. Its lowest-ever score was 65 below zero, back in late 2008. Its highest ever came this this morning.
Today, 52% of Americans think things are getting worse, and only 15% describe conditions as "excellent" or "good." Ladies and gentlemen: all-time record economic optimism.