Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index worsened to -39 for the week ending April 24 — its worst weekly level of 2011, and continuing a downward trend that began in mid-February. At this time last year, Americans’ economic confidence was improving and the index stood at -21.

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

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