President Trump celebrated the news on Twitter: "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!"
The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, du… https://t.co/KCt01MriWj— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1602213051.0
Trump is the only president in 36 years of Gallup polls to have a majority of respondents say they are better off now than they were four years ago.
In 2012, when then-President Obama was seeking reelection, the same question was asked by Gallup, and 45% said they were better off than they were four years earlier.
In 2004, when then-President George W. Bush was up for reelection, 47% said they were in a better place than four years prior.
President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in 1992, and he scored a lowly 38% on the same question.
In 1984, 44% of voters said they were happier under then-President Ronald Reagan's first term.
Gallup does not have polling for 1996, when Bill Clinton was president.
Gallup started asking registered voters in 1984: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" The question is based on a famous quote by former President Ronald Reagan.
During the 1980 presidential campaign, then-Republican nominee Reagan asked the audience that same question during his one and only presidential debate against then-Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
In a "60 Minutes" interview from 2014, President Obama used Reagan's memorable question, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"
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In Gallup's poll of a random sample of 905 registered voters, they were asked their opinions about President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The poll found that 49% of registered voters agree with President Trump "on the issues," compared to 46% who aligned with former Vice President Biden.
However, 49% of voters said Biden has "the personality and leadership qualities that a president should have," versus 44% who viewed Trump as presidential.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.