The Reagan Question: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Eight Years Ago?
Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research
Keywords: Personal wealth; Household income; Unemployment rate
Coverage: United States
In his closing remarks during the final presidential debate of 1980, Ronald Reagan famously asked the American people: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
The table below updates Reagan's question by comparing the state of the economy in 2000 and 2008. We use 25 indicators of economic well-being and economic performance and find that 23 of the 25 indicators are worse in 2008 than they were in 2000.
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