USA Today Poll: Unhappy
Swing Voters Still Back Obama
August 21, 2012
A new poll shows that a majority of voters in 12 key U.S. swing states
feel they are worse off than they were four years ago, yet still support
President Barack Obama over his presumptive Republican rival, Mitt
The results of the survey, conducted jointly by the USA Today newspaper
and the Gallup polling agency, were published Monday. They show that
when respondents were asked "Are you better off than you were four years
ago?" those in the swing states (competitive states most likely to swing
the Electoral College in the November 6 presidential election) answered
"no" by 56-42 percent. Voters polled in all 50 states answered "no" by
Forty-four percent of the respondents in the swing states described the
condition of the U.S. economy as "only fair," 41 percent called it poor
and just 14 percent called it good. Seven out of ten respondents in the
swing states and 72 percent nationwide said they are unhappy with the
way things are going in the country, with just 28 percent in the swing
states and 26 nationwide saying they are satisfied.
Still, the poll found that President Obama leads Romney in the swing
states, 47-44 percent, while Romney leads in the non-battleground
states, 47-45 percent.
The 12 swing states surveyed are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Virginia and Wisconsin.
On Sunday, the two campaigns continued to debate various contentious
issues, including Romney's tax returns. Last week, the Romney's campaign
rejected the Obama campaign's call for Romney to release five years of
In January, Romney released his full tax returns for 2010 and a summary
of the taxes he paid in 2011.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs
defended the call and said it was a relevant issue.
Mitt Romney is a highly educated man and he has clearly made a decision
that what is in those tax returns is far more damaging to him than to do
what every presidential candidate has done which is show the American
people your personal finances," he said.
Romney senior campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie responded by
questioning why tax disclosures were not an issue during Obama's first
"It was not an issue in 2008 because President Obama was not trying to
distract from a four-year-long record of failed policies," said
Obama released eight years of tax returns when running for office in
Gillespie indicated Romney would make public his 2011 tax return by