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Patch's Poll: Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?

As we head into the meat of the election season, that's the question everyone is asking. How do you feel?

With the national conventions in the rearview mirror and the election season fullly under way, both parties are asking Ronald Reagan's famed 1980 question of voters: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

In 2008, the economy was in a freefall just prior to the presidential election. While the country has technically emerged from recession, only 96,000 jobs were added in August and the national unemployment rate is still above 8 percent, according to cnn.com.

Connecticut's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in July, the latest statistics available. That was above the national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent that month.

That's the big picture, but how have things changed for you on a personal level?

Take our poll and elaborate in the comments.

Canton Taxpayer September 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I agree with you annie. Well said.
Fred September 12, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Four years ago we had just seen two full years of failed policies of a majority controlled congress and senate and a president that gave into them.
Adam September 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Annie: Ah, yes, once again, let's drag back out George Bush for yet another spanking. If we following your logic, there is no level of devastation that Barack could unleash on the economy without its seeds first being planted by President Bush. President Obama is apparently beyond reproach not matter how bad things get. To remain true to your convictions, I suppose you deprive yourself of any of the benefits of capitalism, including Starbucks, an Iphone, cutting-edge cancer therapies, side-impact air bags, organic humane farms, and the like. I recommend that you watch a series of films called "Free to Choose". Then come back and tell me what EVIDENCE you have that Barack's policies of rationing, regulating and central planning have made things better by introducing more innovation to more people at cheaper process - rather than the opposite. In my estimation, overwhelming evidence shows that his $700 billion stimulus, bailout of GM, failed investments in green energy were nothing less than abject failures by any measure of fiscal responsibility, which you claim to prioritize. As an "upper middle class white American woman," I recommend that you put down the New York Times, and expand your limited sources of information, because people are really suffering, especially here in CT, by most objective metrics.
Harry Sawyer September 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
small business wise, this is the worst year yet! The next four, would of been a full blown out, patriotic, entusiastic, turn around if Ron Paul was elected!!!! Any questions???? I didn't think so....
Michael Mercier September 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM
4 years ago I was happy that gas went down to 2.00 a gallon. Today I paid 4.11/gallon. Soon, I am going to have to fill my oil tank. Will I take a loan out, or sell a car to pay for that? I pay much higher taxes than 4 years ago. Thanks to Obama, congress, and chairman Mao Malloy.4 years ago I could afford to buy the retirenment home I wanted for the future, and I should have, because I cannot afford it today.

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