A majority of swing state voters believe they are no better off now than they were four years ago, with more blaming the current White House occupant than former President George W. Bush.
56 percent of respondents that said they were not better off. Here’s how they break down on who is the blame. “Twenty percent of swing-state voters say they are not better off and blame Obama alone. Another 15% are not better off and blame Obama but also blame George W. Bush. And 21% do not blame Obama, including 7% who believe Bush alone is responsible,” reports Gallup.
The findings suggest the economy remains a weak spot for the Obama campaign, which has been unable to convince Americans the administration’s policies have succeeded.
Voters did, however, express skepticism that they would fare better if Mitt Romney is elected. 44 percent reported they would be better off in four years under Romney, compared to 49 percent who said they would not be.
44 percent of respondents claimed they would be better off under an Obama re-election, compared to a matching 44 percent who claimed they would be better off with Romney as president.
Obama will need to convince voters that there has been some improvement since he took office and “that a major reason current conditions are not better is that the country had a long way to go to recover from the recession,” Gallup writes.
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