June 30, 2017
Nearly three in ten (29%) consumers say they will drive more in the coming month, an 11-point jump from a year ago (18% in June 2016), and a record high for the month of June. NACS has conducted monthly surveys related to economic issues since January 2013.
Nearly three in five (58%) gasoline consumers report feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy this month, down 2 points from last month. Consumer optimism has tracked between 57% and 61% for the past seven months. Consumers in the South are most optimistic (62%), though optimism remains high across all regions.
Relatively low gas prices are fueling both consumer optimism and the anticipated increase in driving. Fully four in five (80%) Americans say that gas prices impact their feelings about the economy.