Democrats are answering Yes to the question -- Are you better today than 4 years ago? The Democrats' argument is that we are at least seeing job gains now, even though they aren't enough, so, even though the economy is not yet healthy, it's better than 4 years ago. Republicans obviously don't know how to respond to this nonsense. Either Republicans don't have the intellectual chops to refute Democratic talking points, or they think the public will not understand.
I have watched pundits and politicians on the Left make this claim for months now, and Republican pundits and politicians either let it slide by and change the subject or give some weak rebuttal not pertinent to the claim. How difficult is it to explain that four years ago we were in a recession, and regardless of which President is in office, companies shed workers during a recession, and most times, because of competitive reasons, they shed workers around the same time, so there are a few months with high numbers of workers leaving the work force. Once companies reach their efficiency level, they slow down on firing and laying off, or they stop and maybe even start hiring back if government economic policies don't block the recovery. Once the market in general adjusts to the inefficiencies which caused the recession, and capital is saved, companies then use the savings to move capital to productive efforts. So far this is not rocket science and the average person will understand.
Then the rebuttal should contain an admonishment to Democrats for misleading the public, making clear that it's not a matter of who's to blame but rather what system should be blamed. The statist system which has been operational under Republican and Democratic Presidents is inefficient, and it causes booms and busts. Then the Republican respondents should admit that they've been wrong to support the statist system, if they have supported it, and that a free market is the solution. Then the Democrats who are making this false claim will have to debate the statist system, which is the real culprit and fundamental problem. I think people can understand this. Do Republicans in general understand this?