Washington (CNN) - A new survey suggests that just over half of Americans say they're worse off now than they were two years ago.
And a Bloomberg National Poll released Thursday also indicates that two-thirds of the public thinks the country's headed on the wrong track, slightly higher than in other recent surveys by other organizations.
According to the Bloomberg poll, 51 percent of the public says they're worse off now than they were two years ago, with 35 saying that they are better off now that when President Barack Obama took office. Fourteen percent, meanwhile, are not sure.
Only a quarter of Republicans questioned in the survey saying they're better off now than they were two years ago, with that number rising to 34 percent for independent voters and 44 percent for Democrats.
The question of whether you are better off now was popularized by Ronald Reagan, in his challenge to President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election.
Sixty-seven of people questioned in the poll say the nation's headed on the wrong track, with 27 percent saying the country's headed in the right direction. The Bloomberg poll indicates Democrats split over whether the country's headed in the right direction or wrong track, with two-thirds of independents and 85 percent of Republicans saying the country's on the wrong track. Sixty-eight percent of women and 63 percent of men say the country's on the wrong track.
The Bloomberg National Poll was conducted December 4-7, with 1,000 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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