"More confident" is what we're told we're feeling and that seems true enough.
Economic experts pointed to several trends to explain how Americans were feeling better about the economy even though growth in jobs and the overall economy had weakened. First, the election is having a strong effect on economic perceptions. Second, though the recovery is weak, it has persisted, with employment and wages rising and some households feeling more secure.
Though the unemployment rate has been stuck between 8.1 and 8.3 percent all year, employers have continued to add workers to their payrolls. Wages and consumer spending have strengthened. ...NYT
And here's some news that we may all have known about before it became official: the Labor Department is telling us "that job growth in the 12 months through March 2012 might have been significantly stronger than government economists first expected." 400,000 more jobs!
Here's some more news that may explain Obama's widening lead in the polls.
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 40 percent of respondents think the country is on the right track, up from 23 percent a year ago. Moreover, 31 percent of respondents described the economy as very or fairly good, up from 14 percent a year ago.
Just as opinions about the economy have driven opinions about the campaign, it seems that opinions about the campaign are driving opinions about the economy. ...NYT
This must drive rightwing Republicans nuts. We turn out to be more easy-going -- more optimistic -- and less credulous people than they'd hoped. And don't forget, Obama stood tall against Republicans when they tried (and are still trying) to do to us what Europe has done to itself.
Oh, and something that occurred to me the other day: the "rapture" has gone away. We're just not in the mood for more Republican cliffs, cataclysms, and other concoctions.