Are you better off than you were four years ago?

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?” That seems to be the question of the week, at least among the Republican campaigners.

Pew Researchhas been tracking Americans’ answers to that question for years. “The Pew Research Center’s November 2007 survey found 50% saying they were in excellent or good shape financially. In June of this year, 41% rated their personal finances as excellent or good.

“However, most of the decline in positive views occurred before Obama took office; there has been little change since then.”

As with so much else these days, it depends on your political affiliation. “Before the recession in November 2007, 68% of Republicans said their personal financial situation was excellent or good, compared with 47% of independents and 38% of Democrats. In the June 2012 survey, 49% of Republicans rated their finances as excellent or good, compared with 38% of independents and 41% of Democrats.”

The latest Elon University Poll didn’t ask that specific question of North Carolinians. However, it did ask likely voters in North Carolina if they are happy. Twenty-four percent said they are “very happy,” 50% said they are “pretty happy” and 24% said they are “not too happy.”

We also can’t compare it to four years ago because we didn’t ask that question in 2008. But with 74% of likely voters very happy or pretty happy, things seem positive.

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