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• An April survey by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) says that "a majority of Americans say they are optimistic about the economy and low gas prices are driving the optimism ... Overall, 52% of Americans are optimistic about the economy, an eight-point jump from March. Those most optimistic are younger consumers ages 18-34 (58%) and those in the West (58%)."

The surge in optimism, NACS says, "continues on ongoing trend in 2015. A majority of Americans have said they are optimistic about the economy in three of the previous four months, when national gas prices averaged between $2.05 and $2.40 per gallon. These are the only months that a majority of Americans have expressed optimism about the economy since NACS initiated the survey in January 2013. Gas prices averaged $3.51 per gallon in 2013 and $3.36 per gallon in 2014."
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