Gallup: Consumer confidence rising, but still in negative territory

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    We’re three weeks out from Black Friday, the beginning of what retailers call the holiday shopping season. And this year, Black Friday actually follows the start of Hanukkah. Just over three weeks ago, the government shutdown rattled consumer confidence. Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll tells us if the rattling has subsided.

    New Jersey voters overwhelming passed a law raising the minimum wage  — one dollar above the national minimum — and linking it to inflation in the future. Is there enough public support to raise the federal minimum above its current $7.25 / hour ?

    And waht is the ideal age to have a child — and how much does it vary between mena nd women? New research points to a potential pent-up demand for children.

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