When asked if they were financially better off now than a year ago, 44% of Americans said “yes,” according to a Gallup poll. About one-third (35%) said they were “worse off,” while 21% said their financial situation is about the same.

In the same poll conducted last year, 47% said they were better off and 28% worse off. But it is much rosier than the mostly negative assessments recorded between 2008 and early 2012.

The 44% in the latest poll who say they are better off is higher than most readings in Gallup's trend, and reflects progress in certain measures of the U.S. economy such as the unemployment rate, which has declined in recent years. And as they have been for the past few decades, Americans are mostly optimistic about their financial future.

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