Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index improved by eight points in September and nearly reached May’s record reading, which was the highest since Gallup began daily tracking in 2008. The monthly index is based on interviews with more than 14,000 adults nationwide and presents an accurate picture of consumers’ attitudes throughout the month. September’s gains are primarily due to a more optimistic outlook rather than an improvement in current conditions. Consumers’ economic outlook improved by 13 points while their rating of current conditions only rose three points. Gallup also cautions that the results may be unduly influenced by politics as we near the end of the election cycle. More here.