- The Washington Times - Monday, February 10, 2014

Washington, D.C., residents were the most optimistic about the economy in 2013, a poll released Monday found.

While most states’ economic confidence increased in 2013, residents of all 50 states still had negative economic confidence ratings, the Gallup poll reported. Washington had the only positive economic confidence score, at 19. In 2012, D.C. posted a score of 29, showing a 10-point drop in the past year, which Gallup attributed to the recent government shutdown and sequestration cuts.

After D.C., the next most positive state is Massachusetts, with a score of -1.

The ratings are an average of interviews collected throughout 2013 that take into account both residents’ perception of the economic economic conditions and whether they see them improving or getting worse. If everyone in a state thought the economy was excellent and improving, the score would be 100. If everyone in a state reported the economy was poor and deteriorating, the score would be -100.

West Virginia comes in as the state with the world economic outlook perception, with a score of -44, followed by Alaska at -32 and Wyoming at -29.

The nationwide average improved by 5 points over the past year, and hovered at -16 in 2013.

Poll results come from telephone interviews with more than 178,000 adults across the country between Jan. 2, 2013, and Dec. 29, 2013. The margin of error is 1 percent.

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