U.S. consumer confidence remained weak in August as consumers expected the economic outlook to be uneven in the face of the coronavirus epidemic and widespread unemployment. The University of Michigan’s initial consumer confidence index, released on Friday, climbed 0.3 points to 72.8, still close to April’s low of 71.8, the worst since 2011. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast a median of 72. < / P > < p > indicators that measure the economic outlook for the next five years have fallen to their lowest level since 2014, indicating that consumers expect that despite the rebound in the economy, the new epidemic will continue to put pressure on employment and income for some time. According to the report, the stalemate in Washington’s negotiations on additional stimulus policies has also dampened confidence, with consumer confidence in economic policy at its lowest level since trump took office. The report also shows that there is a gap in inflation expectations between high-income Americans and low-income Americans, who feel more pressure from rising food prices. The lowest third expect prices to rise by 3.5% in the coming year, while the top third expect price increases of 2.5%. The confidence of < / P > < p > < p > and Republicans continued to diverge seriously. The confidence of independents and Republicans increased in August, while the confidence of people remained almost unchanged.