Let's do the numbers.
- The ABC News Consumer Comfort Index sits at -50 (that's minus 50) in the most recent measurement. This scale goes from -100 (low) to +100 (high). It's hung around there the whole of 2009. Stocks moving up on Wall Street, comfort unchanged on Main Street.
- The RBC CASH Index gets at attitudes about the local economy, personal finances, plans to buy big ticket items, etc. It seems to be up, over 50 for the first time since September of 2008 (when things went kaboom).
- Investor's Business Daily TIPP Poll. They do three measures. Looking only at "economic optimism" the numbers suggest a slight tick upward in terms of confidence. Not a lot, but there's life.
- The Consumer Confidence Index by the Conference Board is slowly improving through 2009, but it's still mired in the 50s as compared to once being at 130 or so.