WASHINGTON — Americans may be downbeat about today’s economy, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but they are increasingly optimistic that things are about to get better for the nation and themselves.
A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll finds 56% of respondents, regardless of which candidate they support, predict President Obama will win in November.
Though an overwhelming 71% rate economic conditions as poor, a 58% majority predict they will be good a year from now. While those surveyed are inclined to say they are worse off financially than a year ago, nearly two-thirds say they think they’ll be better off this time next year. . . .
Indeed, regardless of which candidate they support, those surveyed predict by 56%-36% that the president will win in November over Republican Mitt Romney. That’s a bigger edge than Obama had at this point four years ago; then, by 52%-41%, Americans said he would defeat Republican John McCain.
Mitt Romney’s favorable-unfavorable rating has jumped to 50%-41%, his best ever, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup poll.
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