Here’s what matters when Americans go to the polls in November: do Americans feel like they’re better off under Trump than they were before?
Here’s a prediction: Joe Biden is in deep, deep, trouble.
A solid majority of 56 percent of Americans say they are better off now than they were four years ago, a new Gallup survey reveals.
Only 32 percent say they are worse off than four years ago. The number is, as Fox News’s Laura Ingraham noted on Thursday night, “the highest Gallup has ever recorded.”
As a country, we’ve been through a lot in the last four years. A pandemic, blue-state lockdowns, crazy amounts of fear-mongering by the media – all things that make our lives worse.
Even under these trying conditions, Americans still feel better off than they did under President Obama. That’s terrible news for Democrats and great news for Trump.
There’s a lot to be said for an optimistic, America-first style of leadership.
President Trump certainly thinks so. He tweeted:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
Breitbart puts it well when they note:
All this means, also, that the vast majority of Americans think their lives are better off — literally during, again, a pandemic that has upended American life — than it was when Obama was president and Trump’s opponent this year former Vice President Joe Biden was Obama’s second-in-command. Even with the disruption from the pandemic, in other words, it is hard to see those people who like life more now under Trump than they did when Biden was in charge voting for a change. And it would amount to a serious historical aberration for Trump to lose, given the trends in Gallup polling on this question since Reagan asked it of the public in 1984.