Democrats are more confident about the economy than are Republicans, Gallup finds, with opinion shifting significantly among Democratic ranks over the past month.
This might seem completely unconnected from politics, but, insofar as economic confidence has any bearing on voter enthusiasm, it's an interesting stat to look at for the November midterms. Going up against an energized conservative base, Democrats want their own base to be anything but discouraged. They need the turnout. If economic confidence has anything to do with a sense that things are going well with Democrats in charge, and if that translates into a sense that it's worth taking the time to actually go vote for a Democrat, then economic confidence is a significant indicator.