Far more registered voters say they’re better off now than they were four years than say they’re worse off, a national Gallup Poll conducted September 14-28, 2020 reveals.
Fifty-six percent (56%) said they’re “better off” now than they were four years ago, while just 32% said they’re worse off.
As President Donald Trump seeks reelection, the 56% reporting that they’re better off now than four years ago tops the scores of four other presidents – Barack Obama, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan - at the end of their first terms, Gallup reports.
Better or worse off than you were four years ago? (Registered voters)
- 2020 (Sept. 14-28): 56% (32% worse off) Trump
- 2012 (Dec. 14-17): 45% - End of Obama’s first term
- 2004 (Oct. 22-24): 47% - End of Bush’s first term
- 1992 (Oct. 23-25): 38% - Georg Bush, Sr.
- 1984 (July 27-30): 44% - Reagan’s first term
On Monday, WKRC-TV asked Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden why the 56% of registered voters who feel they're better off today should vote for him. Biden's response: "They probably shouldn't."
WKRC-TV Reporter: “Gallup reported last week, 56% of Americans said that they were better off today than they were four years ago - would have been under the Obama-Biden administration. So why should people who feel that they are better off today, under the Trump administration, vote for you?”
Joe Biden: “Well, if they think that, they probably shouldn’t. If they think — 54% of the American people are better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly.”
Biden's answer misstated both the survey's question and the percent of respondents who said they're better off today.
While discussing Gallup’s findings on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program last Friday, President Trump said that Americans’ enthusiasm for his presidency is also much greater than it was four years ago because they’re pleased with his job performance:
“Our enthusiasm is far greater than it was four years ago, far greater, because they love the job we’re doing.”