Gallup: Americans Who Think We'll Be Worse Off in 4 Yrs Doubled in 4 Yrs

November 18, 2012 - 11:28 PM

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The percentage of Americans who think America will be worse off in four years has more than doubled in the four years since Barack Obama was first inaugurated as president, according to the Gallup poll.

In a survey conducted Jan. 9-11, 2009--concluding just nine days before Barack Obama's first inauguration as president--Gallup asked American adults: "Do you think the country will be better off or worse off four years from now?"

At that time, 72 percent said the country would be better off, 20 percent said it would be worse off, 4 percent said it would be the same, and 4 percent said they had no opinion.

Despite the deep recession America was in at that time (GDP declined by 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2009), a super-majority of Americans were optimistic about the nation's future.

From Nov. 9-12 of this year--just after President Obama was reelected--Gallup asked American adults the same question it had just before Obama's inauguration four years ago.

This time, only 54 percent said they believed the country would be better off in four years, while 41 percent said they believed it would be worse off, 3 percent said it would be the same, and 2 percent said they had no opinion.

The 41 percent who said just after the Nov. 6 election that they believe the country will be worse off four years from now is more than twice the 20 percent who said that four years ago--just before Obama's inauguration.

In the four years Obama has served as president, according to Gallup, the number of Americans who believe the country is headed toward being worse off has doubled.