U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found about one-third of those responding said they prefer the Democrats' approach to health care. Republicans polled 18 percent.
U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.