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Poll: voters in swing states no better off after Obama term

According to a new Gallup poll, a majority of voters in 12 key swing states say life is the same or worse than it was in 2008.

It’s one more reason for the president to sweat.

According to a new Gallup poll, a majority of voters in 12 key swing states say life is the same or worse than it was in 2008, just before Obama took office on the promise of positive change.

Among nearly 1,000 voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, 36 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Independents, and 84 percent of Republicans — a combined 55 percent of respondents — said life was no better for having Obama in the White House.

While some of this discontent may be tied to the deep recession in 2008 and 2009, the recovery years have not treated Obama any better. According to Gallup data, responses to the “better off” question have essentially flatlined in the last nine months. Sixty percent of voters said they were no better off since 2008 in Nov. 2011, compared to nearly 56 percent now; while 37 percent said in Nov. 2011 that they had seen improvement in the last three years, compared to 40 percent now.

With the new Romney-Ryan team going on the offensive in swing states and recent surveys showing that 2008 Democratic voters are defecting from Obama at greater rates than their Republican counterparts, Democratic supporters may be in for yet another barrage of desperate fundraising emails in the coming days.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is