Remarkably, as President Donald Trump pointed out via Tweet, a majority of Americans feel they are better off amid the global coronavirus pandemic than they were under Obama-Biden in 2016, according to the Gallup Poll.
Not only did the poll reveal that stunning statement, but it is an all-time record for that key election indicator.
"The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!"
Just 32% of Americans feel they are worse off today than they were under former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Even though Obama and Biden claim to have inherited The Great Recession, as opposed to brought it on with their impending election, just 45% of voters felt they were better off from the crash of election-cycle 2008, than they were in 2012.
The record began during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan, who famously said: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"
It has become a gold standard litmus test in presidential reelection campaigns since 1984, and this is the first time a majority of American registered voters felt they were indeed better off now than during the previous administration.
The previous high was George W. Bush in 2004, at 47%, which is still a minority.
In the reelection campaigns since 1984, according to Gallup's poll of registered voters saying they were better off:
- 1984: 44%.
- 1992: 38%.
- 2004: 47%.
- 2012: 45%.
- 2020: 56%.
The Gallup poll surveyed a random sample of 905 registered voters Sept. 14-28 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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