Catherine Rampell—Why Washington Really Likes Itself

Posted by Kendall Harmon

If it sometimes seems as if Washington exists in a totally different economic universe from the rest of us, rest assured: it does. According to Gallup, the District of Columbia is the most economically optimistic part of the country.Every day, the polling organization surveys Americans of all income levels about whether they think current economic conditions are good, and whether the economy is getting better. The results of these two questions make up Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index.

The latest index report shows that the District of Columbia is far more confident in the economy than any state, by a long shot. In every state, most residents think the economy is getting worse; in the nation’s capital, fully 60 percent think the economy is getting better.

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Posted August 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Statmann wrote:

No surprise here.  In 2008 and 2009,  D.C. had a higher income per capita than even Connecticut which was numero uno for the 50 States.  And the band played on.  Statmann

August 30, 4:59 pm | [comment link]
2. David Keller wrote:

Why shouldn’t they be happy.  We go as tourists all the time just to visit our money.

August 30, 5:13 pm | [comment link]
3. Dan Crawford wrote:

It’s always a joy to learn that politicians and their camp followers do well at the public trough. I wonder, however, if the optimism is shared by all those other folk in Washington who don’t work for the government.

August 30, 7:56 pm | [comment link]
4. Formerly Marion R. wrote:

The federal Constitution should be amended so that every third Congress must meet in a location outside DC for its duration, each time in a different state.

August 30, 10:37 pm | [comment link]
5. AnglicanFirst wrote:

My six-year-old memories of South East DC and of DC along North Capitol Street south of the VA Hospital are not memories of an economically thriving DC.  These areas looked more like many run down parts of Detroit.

August 31, 3:34 pm | [comment link]
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