I think the economy is growing faster than people realize just based on the numbers.
I got out and campaigned for Obama in my lower middle class area. People seemed a lot, lot, lot more optimistic than they were just two years ago.
Obama's re-election strengthened the more positive feeling that people have.
We have at least, in my opinion, overcome a lot of the depressed, fearful sense that people had during the Bush administration (especially the final year of it) and thereafter. I sure hope I am right. When I went Christmas shopping yesterday (at an inexpensive store), my ideas were confirmed. Even lower income people are feeling more confident.