Poll: Swing-State Voters Not Better Off 4 Years Later

Monday, 20 Aug 2012 11:14 AM

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Americans in 12 key swing states feel they are no better off economically today than they were four years ago when they President Barack Obama was elected, a USA Today/Gallup survey finds.

If Obama wins in November, he would become the first incumbent in a generation to get re-elected when most Americans say they aren’t better off than they were when he moved into the Oval Office, the newspaper adds.

Obama leads GOP hopeful Mitt Romney in battleground states likely to decide the election, edging him out 47 percent versus 44 percent.

Editor's Note: 'It’s Curtains for the US' — Hear Unapologetic Warning from Prophetic Economist. 

In the non-battleground states, Romney leads 47 percent to 45 percent.

Of the 970 voters in swing states polled, 56 percent said they are not better off than they were four years ago, while 40 percent said they are better off. Of the 913 voters nationwide polled, 55 percent said they are not better off and 42 percent said they are.

The poll participants said they are willing to give Obama a second chance on the notion that, while he hasn’t lived up to campaign promises to improve the economy, Romney isn’t assertive enough to offer a plan to get the country on the right track.

“I’m really kind of torn, and I’m glad I don’t have to vote today,” said Kerry O’Hearn, 55, of Grandville, Mich., according to USA Today.

“There’s just something about Romney that I’m not sure I like.”

“I’m willing to give Obama another chance; I’m willing to do that,” O’Hearn adds.
“But is the economy going to be better because Romney’s in there? I don’t know.”

Other polls give Obama low marks for his handling of the economy.

A recent Gallup poll found that Obama’s ratings on the economy were significantly worse than all three prior successful presidential incumbents at this same point in their first term.

“His 36 percent approval rating on the economy is well below George W. Bush’s rating in August 2004 (46 percent), Bill Clinton’s in August 1996 (54 percent) and Ronald Reagan’s in July 1984 (50 percent),” Gallup reported, quoting results from a separate poll.

“Still, in terms of comparisons to presidents who lost, Obama’s economic rating is substantially better than that of George H.W. Bush in July 1992 (18 percent). Gallup did not measure Americans’ approval of Jimmy Carter on the economy in 1980.”

Editor's Note: 'It’s Curtains for the US' — Hear Unapologetic Warning from Prophetic Economist.

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