For many years the University of Michigan as published a survey of consumers, with one output being a consumer sentiment index. More information about the index can be found here.
I’ve gathered this data and present it in two ways. One is through my interactive visualization Presidential Data Explorer.
The second way is via an animated chart, presented below. The horizontal index is the number of months into each presidential term. This animation stops at the first term.
Use the animation below, or click here to open in a new window.