Majority of Americans say the Trump economy has left them behind -- or made things worse
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Most Americans haven't seen their economic situation improve since President Donald Trump's election -- despite low unemployment and a robust stock market.


Just 38 percent say their personal financial situation has improved since Republicans took control of the White House and the U.S. Congress, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com.

They were outnumbered by the 45 percent who say their finances are about the same since the 2016 election, while 17 percent of Americans say they are worse off than before.

The poll was conducted Sept. 25-30 by research firm SSRS, using a national sample of 1,001 people, and its findings were similar to another recent survey by investment advising company Stash -- which found 44 percent of Americans said their financial situation was unchanged and 20 percent were worse off.

A staggering 78 percent of Americans earning less than $30,000 a year say their financial situation has not improved under GOP governance, while 27 percent say their situation had gotten worse.

A similar number -- 76 percent -- of Americans 65 and over say their financial situation was unchanged, while 18 percent say it's gotten worse.

Sixty-seven percent of women say the Trump economy has not helped them, compared to 56 percent of men, and 19 percent of women say their financial situation had gotten worse, while 15 percent of men agreed.