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Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup Residents of the Washington, D.C., metro area expressed the greatest confidence in the U.S. economy last year among the largest metro areas, with a score of -20 on Gallup's Economic Confidence Index. That was six points higher than second-place Memphis, Salt Lake City, and Austin. Buffalo and Tampa-St. Petersburg had the lowest economic confidence. These results are based on data from 2011 Gallup Daily tracking, using the subset of more than 80,000 U.S. adults living in the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. This includes a minimum of 579 interviews in each MSA, and 1,000 or more interviews in 28 of the 50 MSAs reported here. Gallup's Economic Confidence Index summarizes Americans' ratings of current national economic conditions (as excellent, good, only fair, or poor) and assessments of whether the U.S. economy is getting better or worse. The Index has a theoretical maximum of +100 and a theoretical minimum of -100. Read More