...are you better off today than you were a year ago?

How would you answer.

Fair question; Bill Clinton asked a similar question of voters while campaigning for Al Gore in 2000.

obama's surrogates (if not himself) from the media and from the citizenry asked it many times during the 2008 election.

Thus, conventional wisdom would hold that our voting decision ought to rest heavily on this type of comparison.

Perhaps we should ask this question as we enter the 2010 midterm elections.

At this point in time, it appears many would answer, "hell no!"

According to a March 15-25 poll by Hart Research Associates, my more than a 2-1margin Americans say they are worse off financially than a year ago.

59% of respondents think that the economic bottom has not yet occurred.

80% said they would rank the economy as either fair or poor.

Similarly, a RealClearPolitics April poll asking people about the direction of thecountry shows that 58% believe it is on the wrong track.

However, we do hear better speeches today.
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