Consumer confidence posts sharp drop
The partial government shutdown and battle over the debt ceiling has Americans concerned. Consumer confidence posted its sharpest one-week drop since the collapse of Lehman brothers.
About three times as many people say the economy is in poor shape as those who say it's doing well. 69-percent of Americans think the economy is likely to get worse, according to a Gallup poll.
One-third of the people in the Gallup survey said that a dysfunctional government is the nation's biggest problem.