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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.

LINDA DONAHUE September 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
For all of you who blame the Republicans, remember that Obama had a Democratic congress the first 2 years of his presidency and the only thing he could get done was Obamacare which almost all who voted for it did not read it! The Democrats are ruining this country! By the way, did you know that there's a 3.5% tax on home sales which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013 that is part of the funding for Obamacare??? This is aside from the TAX for Obamacare. No new taxes on the middle class??? Nothing but lies! Richard, you have to stop believing the liberal media. The Democrats had 2 years to do something and they only made things worse. That's a fact!
Gary Baylor September 12, 2012 at 03:25 PM
We were doing fine until the democrats took hold of the congress under Bush. The liberal lending policies that Dodd and Frank put in place were not good for this country. That not only contributed to rising costs in the real estate market but led to many unsecured loans being granted with the attitude that "no one would loose" because the market would continue to inflate. It does not take rocket science to figure out that is not good. It is just plain common sense, just like voting out OBama.
Armand September 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Iraq is not our problem anymore, Afghanistan, we will be out shortly, Middle east falling apart, their problem , are we safer Yes...The banks have all re paid their bailouts plus, the car industry is thriving.. What would the Republicans have done four years ago that would have been any different or better ? Republicans have blocked everything that Obama has tried to do. I think you need to research a little better to find out what he HAS done . Not easy to undo what the republicans did, and Rome wasn't built in a day !
Jan September 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Much better...I had the worst job 4 years ago because it was better than nothing. My husband lost 20% of pay but has since gotten most back. You forget how awful it was. Its like you forget how bad it was like when you have your first baby and swear...never again.
Taxed too much already September 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Nope. Salary stagnant. Health care ins. costs up. Gas is 250% higher. Food costs more and more every month. Electric bills are up. My house has gone down over 20% in value and I still can't sell it. Town taxes are now going through the roof. If you made your own personal situation better because of some job changes or maybe your business is doing well that's nice for you. For the rest of us the management of the town, state, and country are all working against us. Several of my kids have been laid off. The Middle East is on fire and the Fed is monetizing our debt and buying up all of the country's 16 (like 17 by the time this is approved) trillion dollars of credit card bills. The dollars in my savings account are worth less than the day I put them there. College tuition has increased at 150% of the inflation rate and GM is using their bail out to create more jobs in China. Still CT continues to drink the far left kool-aid while my grandchildren's future goes down the tubes. Ah the Martist utopia. Hey a couple more years and I'll be able to get food stamps too. Ain't it all grand?

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