Overall U.S. investor optimism has surged back up to the February 2011 level with a significant jump from September, according to a survey from Wells Fargo and Gallup. Seventy-two percent say they are either better off (40%) or no worse off (32%) than they were nearly four years ago, before the last presidential election, while 27% say they are worse off financially.

Two-thirds of investors say there is “plenty” of opportunity in the United States today to “get ahead” versus one third who say “not much opportunity.” Seventy-one percent of all investors say they are “better off” than their parents were at the same age. The average age of retirees surveyed is 68 and that of non-retirees is 45.

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