Americans are looking at the polls and trying to figure out what they mean.
Everyone wants to know if the polls showing a Joe Biden victory are real.
And Donald Trump was handed the one poll number that could determine if he wins the election.
At the end of the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980, Reagan asked the American people one important question: are you better off today than you were four years ago?
The America people answered with a resounding “no” and the election swung decisively in Reagan’s favor.
Ever since then, Gallup has polled Americans on whether or not they are better off today than they were four years ago when an incumbent President is running for re-election.
Since they began polling this question in 1984, the biggest number of Americans answered that they were better off today than they were four years ago in 2020.
% of Americans who say they are better off now than they were 4 years ago
Sept 2020: 56 percent
Dec 2012: 45 percent
Oct 2004: 47 percent
Oct 1992: 38 percent
— Rob Henderson (@robkhenderson) October 8, 2020
56 percent of Americans say their lives are better off today under Donald Trump than they were four years ago under Barack Obama, despite the fact that America is living through a pandemic, recession, and race riots.
Trump supporters point to this poll and ask how if the majority of people believe their lives improved makes sense and lines up with polls showing Joe Biden on the verge of an historic landslide victory.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.