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Gallup poll shows voters not better off than in 2008

A majority of swing-state voters are not better off than they were four years ago, according to a recent Gallup poll. Gallup reports that 56 percent of voters in swing states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina (site of the 2012 Democrat convention), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — are not better off than they were in 2008.

Gallup conducted the survey of 970 registered voters from Aug. 6-13.

Forty percent indicated to poll takers that they are better off today than they were in 2008.

Former President Reagan posed the question to voters in 1980 when he was running against then President Carter: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” the Gipper queried a group of voters. The answer was a resounding “no” as voters went to the polls in November of 1980 and swept Carter out of office, with only Minnesota voting for the incumbent president.

Of the 56 percent who indicated they were not better off, 20 percent blame President Obama for their plight. Seven percent blamed former President George W. Bush for their dilemma and 15 percent blame both presidents. Ironically, 14 percent of those polled blamed neither Bush nor Obama.

When Gallup queried those taking the poll whether Obama is handling the economy well, 52 percent of those polled said, no he has not handled the economy well, while 46 percent said he has.

Pollsters asked registered voters if they would be better off under Obama or Mitt Romney — both candidates garnered only 44 percent. However, those persons who weighed in on the initial question — whether they are better off today than they were four years ago — 27 percent said they would be better off if Obama were re-elected and 61 percent indicated they would fare better if Romney is elected president.

What is one to conclude from this latest polling? Well, the majority of people polled lack confidence in the president’s ability to lead the U.S. economy out of the malaise it finds itself in, yet Romney breaks even with the president among those polled to bring U.S. out of the recession we find ourselves in at present.

Conclusion: It’s going to be a wild sprint to the finish line for both candidates.

Keith Hansen

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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