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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.

rachel gary September 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Yes, I am. Because of Obama's new student loan repayment program, I was able to qualify for a lower loan payment, which made it possible for me (as a single mom) to save up enough to buy my first home. After years of living in apartments, my son and I now have our own home in a great neighborhood. Without this program, my payments would have been so high that I would have been able to save anything at all.
Paula September 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
NO! Four years ago my husband and I had recently refinanced our home and paid off all of our debt. My husband also got a loan to attend computer school to become a MSCE with job placement after completion. Our home was valued at $300,000. We also got a home equity line of credit to do home repair. Since then : our house is assessed at $167,000, and we lost the home equity line of credit because of that (we never made a late payment or missed any). My husband's school (Today's Tech in Wallingford) closed with no warning before his course was completed but we were still obligated to make payments for the bank loan. He still cannot find a full time computer job, and because of that we are facing bankruptcy and foreclosure. The cost of living is unaffordable with gas, oil, and grocery prices at an all time high. My 71 year old mother is working two part time jobs 6 days a week. I can go on but I won't - don't have time as I am one of the LUCKY ones who still has a full time job.
Robert Waller September 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes. I retired 4 years ago, and frankly then very worried that we were about to enter another great depression, which could devalue all of my retirement savings and investments. The DOW was down around 5000, Under those circumstances you never know how the country would fare. But with the clear headed and fair guidance from the ,president's administration we are heading in the right direction, the Market is up over 14000, we aren't shedding jobs and we will be better having adjusted our lifestyle a little. We went through several recessions since the 1970's and always came back stronger. Additionally, I feel we are better off and also more secure with the universal health coverage.
Sherwood Anderson September 20, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I'm retired and keep close watch on our money and I can say we are not better off than we were four years ago. Our home has lost value and house expenses are rising. A better example is my son. He bought a truck for his house painting business under Bush and had to sell it under Obama to meet living costs. And very little work.
Addison DePitt March 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Ms Gary, forgive me for using this thread to reach you but I could not find your email anywhere. In regard to one of your concerns, which I share, please examine http://www.greanvillepost.com/2013/03/29/oppose-hb-6654-do-not-allow-black-bear-hunting-in-connecticut/ Thank you. Sean Lenihan/ Patrice Greanville, The Greanville Post

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