FAST FIVE: Democrat Nightmare: Majority Of Americans Say They're Better Off Now Than In Past Elections

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Relatedly, 52% of US adults say it is easier for them to “go and buy things in the stores” than it was three years ago, higher than in the 1992, 1996 and 2004 election cycles, when the figures were closer to 40%.

Americans' perceptions of whether they are personally better off, and whether it is easier to buy things, appear to be influenced much more by their party leanings than by their economic situations.

These readings are similar to what Gallup measured in the 2004 and 2012 election cycles, but lower than in 1992.

As on the economic items, wide party gaps exist on the international items.

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