(NBC) -- The percentage of voters believing that the country is better off since Barack Obama became president jumped seven points after the two political conventions, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Thirty-eight percent of registered voters now say the nation is better off, which is up from 31 percent in the August NBC/WSJ conducted before the conventions.
Still, a plurality of voters -- 41 percent -- believe the country is worse off, while 21 percent think it's in the same place.
"Are you better off than you were four years ago?" has been a question that Republicans raised right before the Democratic convention began earlier this month. And top officials and surrogates from the Obama campaign had a difficult time, initially, answering the question.
But in his convention address the day before Obama's acceptance speech, former President Bill Clinton answered the question affirmatively. "No president -- not me or any of my predecessors -- could have repaired all the damage in just four years. But conditions are improving, and if you'll renew the president's contract you will feel it."
The new NBC/WSJ poll asks a separate question: Which candidate -- Obama or Mitt Romney -- is better prepared to lead the country four years from now? On this question, 47 percent of voters pick the president, while 36 percent choose Romney.
The full NBC/WSJ poll -- which was taken of 900 registered voters (270 by cell phone) from Sept. 12-16 and which has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points -- will be released at 6:30 pm ET.
Q11 - And, compared to when Barack Obama became President—do you think that the country is better off, worse off or in about the same place?
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters
Now, who do you think is better prepared to lead the country for the
NEXT four years - Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? If you think both are
equally prepared or neither is prepared to lead the country for the
NEXT four years, please just say so.
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:47 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:47:12 GMT
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