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SURVEY SAYS: The Nielsen U.S. Consumer Confidence Survey asks about two dozen questions focused on the economy.

My response to Nielsen’s U.S. Consumer Confidence Survey

What has impacted my view of the economy? 'Trade war,' I answered. 'I work in agriculture.'

I filled out a Nielsen survey on the economy this morning.

It was called “U.S. Consumer Confidence Survey.” There was a dollar bill in the envelope as an inducement to take the time to answer the questions.

First question: “How would you rate the present general business conditions in your area?” The choices were “good,” “normal” and “bad.” I marked “bad.”

The next question then asked if I think it will be “better,” “same” or “worse” six months from now. I put an “X” over “same,” and then I changed it to “Worse.”

The survey asked if I thought interest rates and the stock market would be higher or lower in six months. If the survey had an option for “I wish I knew because it depends on what President Trump tweets each morning,” I would have marked that.

The survey asked if I was going to buy a refrigerator, washing machine, TV or about a dozen other things. No-no-no, I answered.

The next question: “What would you say about available jobs in your area right now?” The choices were “plenty,” “not so many” and “hard to get.” I marked “plenty,” but wanted to add “if you are willing to move, live in town or work two to three jobs to making a living wage,” but the survey didn’t leave any space for comments.

Then it hit me with what I thought was the big question: “During the past month, what would you say has impacted your view of the U.S. economy?”

I wrote: “Trade war — I work in agriculture.”

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