Gallup: 6 in 10 Americans say they are better off now than three years ago


A majority of Americans in a new poll say they are better off now than they were three years ago.

Just more than 6 in 10 Americans, 61 percent, told Gallup pollsters that they are decidedly in better shape than they were shortly after President Trump took office in 2017, a sign of a recovering U.S. economy.

A little more than a third, 36 percent, said they are definitely not better off than they were in early 2017, while just 3 percent said their prospects remain the same.

In early 2012, months before former President Obama won reelection, 45 percent of respondents in the same poll said that they were better off than they were three years earlier.

Americans in the new survey were largely split by party over their opinion of their economic prospects: 89 percent of Republicans said that they are better off, while just 29 percent of Democrats agreed. Sixty percent of independents said that they are definitely better off now than three years ago.

Fifty-one percent also said that the nation is as safe and strong as it was in early 2017, while 43 percent disagreed.

Gallup's poll surveyed 1,033 adults living in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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