Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago? More Say “Yes!”

One of the quintessential questions when it comes to election day always seems to be the very simple, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”  If that holds true for this year’s election, then President Barack Obama may be able to secure a second term.

As the economy picks up, the housing market sort of begins to stabilize, and more people are starting to return to the workforce, Americans are more excited about the present, the future, and their own well being.  According to Bloomberg News, “More than twice as many Americans view the economy’s prospects as brightening as see them darkening, a reversal from nine months ago, when more people expected deterioration ahead, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted March 8-11.”

It’s not all good news, of course.  The number of people who say they are better off is a mere two percent greater than the number who say they are worse off.  However, that’s a near 20 point reversal from when the question was last asked in September.

How about you? Do you feel like you are better off than you were four years ago?

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Maureen W.
Maureen W5 years ago

Not even close..........

Randi L.
Randi Levin5 years ago

No I am not better off---however I would have broken even if GAS HAD STAYED BELOW $2-

The price of gas is partially killing my biz, why I am a culinary pro who delivers and the cost of gas has increased the cost of food and supplies--including gas! Also in 08' I was making interest on my savings in a bank, now I am making nothing for evidently Mr. Bernanke favors Bankers over the People and their Savings!

Cora B.
Cora Bird5 years ago

Who are they asking? I do not know personally of anyone who is better off now than four years ago.

PATRICIA D5 years ago

I am much better off just knowing that baby bush is no longer President and we have a man in charge who is trying to make life better for everyone, not just the chosen few. I may not have more money-but I definitely have peace of mind.

Robby C.
Past Member 5 years ago

"If democracy depends on an informed electorate, we're in trouble. Unless we find a way to keep the trolls from voting."

I sure hope we can find a way to keep the "trolls" from voting. 4 more yrs of hussein is all it'll take for America to go from being the USA to the USSA- 4yrs away from dictatorship.

Steve R & Phlip D- absolutely! The only people doing better nowdays are those who were able to retire & those who wre already so rich, it didn't matter anyway- Bo's made sure they got richer. Pegy O, Jamie C, Eric L- you are all 100% right. Either people here misread the pole or something is wrong b/c it's obvious that more people (even here in this thread) are worse off now than 4yrs ago... Has our country "...ever been on this shaky of ground?" Not in my lifetime!!!

William Y.
William Y5 years ago

Better than 4 years ago, but not better than 12 years ago before Bushinomics.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees5 years ago

But don't take my word for it, I'm just an engineer.

I encourage all of my fellow Care2 members to watch this 10 minute video of "The Black Swan" author Nassim Tale laying out the 4 fundamental problems he sees and why they must be addressed.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees5 years ago

Military: We have this perpetual war, President's who think they can declare war without Congress and Congress unwilling to put the President in his place.

Markets: We have government and FED interference in so many markets preventing free markets from correcting themselves. Instead government has rewarded risk through bailouts and even encouraged it. Increased taxes and regulations have pushed the lifeblood of the economy out of the country. Did you notice the trade deficit for Feb. 2012?

The dollar being the world reserve currency has been the only thing keeping us afloat. How much longer do you think we can keep it up?

Basically the foundation of the Republic is crumbling. America had a good run with the fastest rise to super power ever in the history of the human race.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees5 years ago

What about the shape of the Republic?
Has it ever been on this shaky of ground?

Where are we at on freedom and liberty? The Patriot Act is still here, now we have NDAA. The government is now making the case for kidnapping or murdering an American Citizen!

Economy: Record debt and deficit spending. Congress doesn't seem to have the will to deal with this crisis. The FED keeps enabling the gambling Congress by creating inflation though quantitative easing and zero interest. How will we be able to afford to pay the interest on this debt when the FED is forced to raise rates?

Heather O.
Heather O5 years ago

I wish I was.