The majority of voters in 12 swing states say they are not better off than they were four years ago, the latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows.
According to the poll, 56 percent of swing state voters say they are not better off than they were four years ago, compared with 40 percent who say they are better off. The numbers are comparable to all registered voters nationwide, 55 percent of whom say they are not better off than they were four years ago.
But despite that pervading sense of frustration, those same swing state voters are split between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: 44 percent say they would be better off if Obama is re-elected, while 44 percent say they would be better off with a Romney presidency.
Gallup conducted its swing state poll August 6-13 using live telephone interviews with 970 registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The poll has a margin of error of four percentage points.