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The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is out with a national consumer survey saying that almost "three in five (59%) U.S. fuel consumers report feeling optimistic about the economy, a 13-point jump over the prior month, and the highest level of economic optimism reported since NACS began tracking this metric in 2013. This increase in optimism was noticeable across all demographics and regions and was a stark reversal from each of the past seven months when a majority of American fuel consumers have been pessimistic about the economy.

"While the U.S. election results no doubt caught the attention of the nation, Americans also took notice of declining gas prices. U.S. gasoline consumers report a median gas price of $2.15 per gallon, a five-cent drop from October. Three in four Americans (75%) say that gas prices impact their feelings about the economy.
 
"With optimism up, gas prices down and the election over, Americans say that they will travel and spend more over the holiday season. Nearly three in ten (a record 28%) consumers say that they will drive more this coming month, a sharp increase from the 20% said so this time last year. In addition, 30% of consumers say that they will increase their overall spending this coming month, another record for this time of year."
KC's View:
Even people who voted for people who did not win in the recent elections are feeling optimistic, if only because Americans are, by nature, essentially an optimistic bunch. We want to believe that everything is going to work out.

So this does not surprise me. But I also believe that a certain kind of underlying cynicism is part of the American character ... we hope and expect things will go well, but never are surprised when we are disappointed. Shocked, sometimes, but never surprised.