Poll: Lower-Income Americans Worse Off Than Four Years Ago
Sunday, January 20, 2013 04:32 PM
By: Nick Luciano
As President Obama kicks off his inaugural celebration, a recent poll suggests that many lower-income Americans are worse off economically than they were four years ago.
The poll, conducted by Pulse Opinion for The Hill, found that people who earn less than $30,000 a year believe they are worse off now than four years ago and 46 percent say they expect things will get even worse by the time the president leaves office in 2016.
In all, 1,000 likely voters were surveyed in May with 39 percent indicating that the president’s first four years were worse than expected. Only 18 percent said that Obama exceeded their expectations.
Voters were divided as to whether the president should devote his second term to jobs, the economy, or government spending and debt, according to The Hill.
Moreover, six out of every 10 voters were not optimistic that they will make major economic strides during the president’s next four years as compared to 38 percent who expect to be better off.
Some 59 percent of those identifying themselves as Republicans reported that Obama’s first four years were worse than expected.
That compared to 82 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats, who said that Obama met or exceeded their expectations.
The poll had a margin of error of +/-3 percent.