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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.

The Best Patriot September 17, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Michael: Thank you for providing facts into this opinionated mess of a blog.
The Best Patriot September 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Mike is a Vet saying he's not voting for Obama because of Obama's not going to Arlington even though Obama did go according to Doreen's fine research in this matter. Thanks Doreen. Why don't check your facts first Mike before you start spreading bs.. But Mike will I guess vote for a Draft Dodging Mitt who fled to France to hide behind the women's under pants to avoid the draft. Typical Right wing logic.
The Best Patriot September 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Drea: She won't provide links because she can't. If you read her posts it's mostly fabricated right wing lies.
The Best Patriot September 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Obama took us out of the worst recession since the great depression, 29 straight months of job growth (even with republicans trying to tank the economy), stopped our banks from collapsing, doubled the stock market value, saved the auto industry and a million jobs (GM now #1 in the world), killed Bin Laden, ended the Iraq war, made BP pay the billions for the oil spill, created a consumer protection agency, saving our social security and medicare, got us middle class tax cuts. Perhaps you haven't been paying attention to what President Obama has been doing for the last 3.5 years.”
Roger Marlowe September 21, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Doreen, you say you pay attention but I really have my doubts. 16 Trilion in debt of which your buddy Obama is responsible for 6 Trillion of it. His policies just flat out do not work. Pray he does not get elected we as individuals and a country cannot afford him. How much do you really know about Obama? I mean really know about him and his beliefs. Do yourself and your liberal friends a favor and drive all the way to Branford and spend an hour and a half watching the movie: 2016 Obama's America. This will give you a much better insight into who he is. My wife and I are not better off today than we were since Jan. 2009. We both are now unemployeed after close to 40 years in the work force. We also have a sick parent. Any jobs out there are at minimum wage, that does not pay the bills in Connecticut the most expensive state in the country. Our only hope is that Romney and Ryan are elected. We need a business man in the White House who can actually fix things. Smaller gov and less spending and of course lower taxes.

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