Voters in battleground states are not happy with the economy or the way the president is handling it, according to a new Politico poll.
Just 23 percent of the 917 likely voters polled said their financial situation has improved in the last year, and more than 60 percent said they’re unprepared for a sudden or unforeseen economic hardship.
In August, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported just 144,000 new jobs — the lowest number this year, and was much lower than expected. Unemployment remains at about 6 percent.
Fifty-seven percent of the 917 likely voters polled said they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the economy. And more than 90 percent of voters in the poll said the economy is “important” in deciding which candidate to support in November’s mid-term elections.
But asked which party they “trust” to handle the economy, they were split evenly between the Republican and Democratic parties: 36 percent said Democrats, 36 percent said Republicans, and 28 percent said they’re not sure.
And asked whether they’re leaning toward a Democrat or Republican candidate, 69 percent of those polled said they don’t know.
The poll was conducted online from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7 in competitive House and Senate districts.