A plurality of Americans say they are better off than they were before President Obama took office in January 2009, a new Bloomberg poll finds. That's welcome news for the president's campaign after weeks of poor economic indicators. Forty-five percent said they were better off, compared to 36 percent who said they were worse off.
The results show continuing improvement from the last poll in March, when respondents split on the question, and before then, when responses had been negative.
In terms of household income, 28 percent said they were better off, 22 percent said worse off, and 44 percent said they were in the same place compared to a year ago. The number of people who said they were making more purchases, taking vacations and dining out rose as well compared to last spring.
The national poll of 1,002 adults conducted between June 15-18 has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.