There is something amiss about that Gallup poll repeatedly cited by President Trump re "better off than 4 years ago." Here's FT-Peterson Foundation: 35% say "better off"…
Economist/YouGov poll has 38% saying "better off than four years ago"…
Gallup's numbers have consistently been uniquely high on the "better off" question. EG here they are back in February, just at onset of corona crisis. Somebody more expert than I will have to reverse engineer Gallup's methods…
But clearly if 56% *did* think they were better off than 4 years ago, it's unlikely that the incumbent president would be losing by 8-10 points in Gallup's other polls

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