Barack Obama in 2008: "Are You Better Off Today Than 4 Years Ago?"… America in 2010: "No!"
In late October 2008, Barack Obama released his “Defining Moment” video:
“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Now we have an answer…
75% of Americans say “NO!” they are not better off. This is the highest number since the mid-1970s.
The number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, at 75 percent, is higher than it has been on the eve of any midterm election since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that the economy remains, by far, the top issue on the minds of Americans. Fifty-two percent of people questioned say the economy’s the most important issue facing the country.
“That’s more than the deficit, education, health care, terrorism, energy, illegal immigration and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “No other issue was named as the country’s top problem by more than 8 percent.”