9:57 AM CDT, May 15, 2012
Americans are pessimistic about the current state of the economy, but optimistic about what things will look like a year from now, according to a new poll.
A USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday also indicates that a majority believe President Barack Obama will beat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in November's general election.
Seventy-one percent of people questioned rate the current economic conditions as poor, but 58 percent say those conditions will be good a year from now.
According to the poll, regardless of which candidate they support, 56 percent say that Obama will win re-election, with 36 percent saying that Romney will come out on top in November.
The survey indicates that Romney's favorable rating has jumped to 50 percent, with his unfavorable rating down to 41 percent. By a 52 percent to 46 percent margin, the president has a favorable rating.
Fifty-five percent say the economy would get better over the next four years if Romney were elected president, with 46% saying the economy would improve if Obama was re-elected.
The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday (May 10-13), with 1,012 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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