In the final week of the 1980 presidential campaign between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican nominee Ronald Reagan, the two candidates held their only debate. Going into the Oct. 28 event, Carter had managed to turn a dismal summer into a close race for a second term. And then, during the debate, Reagan posed what has become one of the most important campaign questions of all time: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Carter’s answer was a resounding “NO,” and in the final, crucial days of the campaign, his numbers tanked. On Election Day, Reagan won a huge popular vote and electoral victory. The “better off” question has been with us ever since. Its simple common sense makes it a great way to think about elections. And yet the answers are rarely simple. – Kamarck, Elaine. “Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago?” WBUR, September 11, 2012.
FoxNews.com reports that
A majority of voters say they are better off now than they were four years ago, according to a new Gallup poll — a result that will be seen as a good sign for President Trump’s reelection chances, and a finding the president described as “incredible.”
Gallup, in a survey between Sept. 14-28, found that 56% of registered voters said they were better off than they were four years ago, while just 32 percent said they were worse off.
This is in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, which has also led to an economic downturn and a number of pandemic-related restrictions for businesses and schools across the country. But it suggests that voters still have a strong economy that carried through the majority of Trump’s term in mind.
The number compares favorably to those of previous presidents seeking reelection. In 2012, when President Barack Obama was coming to the end of his first term, 45 percent of voters said in Dec. 2012 they were better off than four years earlier.
In Oct. 2004, when President George W. Bush was seeking re-election, 47 percent of registered voters said they were better off than in 2000.
“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),” Trump tweeted late Thursday. “Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!”
However, polls still show Trump down against Democratic nominee Joe Biden nationwide and in battleground states.
The Gallup poll also asked voters if the two candidates have the personality and leadership qualities that a president should have — 49% said Biden had those qualities and 44% said Trump had them.
As for whether they agreed with the candidates on the issues, 49% said they agreed with Trump and 46 percent said the same of Biden.
Here are some Economic Facts from FoxBusiness.com from an article posted on January 23rd of this year.
- The stock market grew 31 percent in the 807 trading days before Trump’s election, but it grew by 56 percent in the 807 trading days after it, up through the third anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.
- Manufacturing rose 3.6 percent during Trump’s three years, which was more than double the rise of 1.7 percent in the three years under Obama before that, according to government data.
- Manufacturing employment also rose under Trump, with 487,000 manufacturing jobs created.
- In contrast, in the three years prior to Trump’s term, manufacturing employment rose by 287,000 jobs.
- Back on January 23rd, the unemployment rate was the lowest that it had been in 30 years.
- Wages were at their highest point ever.
- Lowest-income workers saw their biggest raises in 2019.
- In 2019 the past year, nominal wages for the lowest 10 percent of American workers jumped 7 percent. The growth rate for those without a high-school diploma was 9 percent.
Joe Biden has had almost 40 years in Washington to provide “shovel-ready jobs” for American Workers.
President Trump, before the Chinese Virus hit, had turned America’s Economy around in 3 years.
I believe that the major factor concerning the ability for America’s Economy to come back is the amount of Government Aid given to small businesses to keep solvent so that they will be ready to rehire their staff and open their doors when the time comes.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.
Mitch McConnell has said that Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Democrats will not come back to the negotiating table until after the Presidential Election.
That is because, in the midst of their Trump Derangement Syndrome, they believe that they are harming the President when in reality they have forever damaged themselves in the eyes of average Americans.
American businesses must be ready to hit the ground running as this “National Lockdown” begins to end.
Any American with common sense knows that no one ever got a job from a poor man or woman.
The Democrats must cooperate with the President and the Congressional Republicans in the matter of clearing the pathway for businesses to be able to start the engine of Capitalism moving once again.
If this happens, then just as he did the first time, President Trump will once again use his business acumen to help enable American businesses to rehire and run unencumbered.
Americans will work, they will get paid for their work, and they will spend their paycheck at other businesses, who will in turn hire more employees, etc. The same “geniuses who predict that the American Economy will not recover from this “invisible enemy” are the same ones who said that Trump would never be President and, once he was elected, said that the economy was never coming back.
The “Smartest People in the Room” also predicted that 2.2 million Americans would die from the Coronavirus. That number never materialized thanks to the actions taken by President Donald J. Trump.
Americans ARE better off than they were under Former President Barack Hussein Obama and his Vice-President Joe Biden.
America is winning our war against the Chinese Coronavirus.
Never underestimate Americans.
And, never underestimate President Donald J. Trump.
Together, we can accomplish anything that we put our minds to.
Regardless of whether the Democrats want us to or not.
Until He Comes,