While I thought him a great president, I am not one of those conservatives that constantly invoke the name of Ronald Reagan. But one aspect of his 1979 race for president is looking eerily familiar to today’s upcoming 2012 race for the White House.

One of the phrases that helped Reagan win his bid for president in 1980 was his pointed jab of a question put to the American people: are you better off now than you were four years ago (when Jimmy Carter was elected)?

While no GOP candidate has as of yet taken up Reagan’s refrain, it sure seems like the voters have already been asking themselves this question. A new poll shows that they’ve answered it for themselves, too. The answer is not a good omen for Obama.

A new poll finds that by a 44% to 34% margin, Americans are saying they are worse off since Obama got elected.

By a 44 percent to 34 percent margin, Americans say they believe they are worse off than when President Barack Obama took office in early 2009, when the U.S. was in the depths of a recession compounded by the September 2008 financial crisis and the economy was losing as many as 820,000 jobs a month.

… Fewer than a quarter of people see signs of improvement in the economy, and two-thirds say they believe the country is on the wrong track overall, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20.

In fact, “wrong track” responders now come in worse than they did during Reagan’s day. In 1981-82 polls found that 57% of Americans felt the country was going in the wrong direction. Today it stands at 66%.

If the GOP does not see this as its main focal point should these numbers hold all the way to 2012, then they will be pulling defeat out of the mouth of victory… as they so very often do!