A solid majority of Americans say they are better off than they were three years ago, a factor that could help boost President Trump’s re-election bid, a new Gallup poll released Wednesday reveals.
The 61 percent “better off” rating is the highest percentage recorded during the re-election year of any incumbent president since Gallup first asked the question in its surveys in 1992.
Meanwhile, 52 percent of respondents said it is easier for them to “go and buy things in the stores” than it was three years ago — also higher than in the 1992, 1996 and 2004 election cycles, when the figures were closer to 40 percent, the poll said.
In the 1992, 1996 and 2004 election cycles, half of Americans said they were better off.
In 1992, George H.W. Bush lost his re-election bid to challenger Bill Clinton. Clinton then won re-election in 1996, and George W. Bush won re-election in 2004.
In three separate measures during the 2012 election cycle, an average of 45 percent said they were better off. But Barack Obama still won re-election, defeating Mitt Romney.
Sixty-two percent give Trump a great deal or a fair amount of credit for improvement in the state of the economy in the prior three years — more than the 51 percent given to his predecessor, Obama.
Americans only gave Clinton more credit for the economy — 68 percent in 2000 — than they give Trump today.