Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed are concerned about paying for their housing. One in five people with mortgages say they're underwater. Four in 10 parents say they're altering expectations for the type of college they can afford to send their children. One-third said high gas prices (now coming down) had created serious financial hardships. In other words, too many folks are still shaken from the past few years. From the NYT:
While the poll shows that Mr. Romney has a significant entree with voters who are frustrated at the direction of the country, Mr. Obama may have the upper hand when it comes to economic policy debates. A majority of voters say upper-income Americans pay less than their fair share of taxes, while half say capital gains and dividends should be taxed at the same rate as income from work -- a disparity highlighted by Mr. Romney's own effective tax rate of about 15 percent.
Nearly four in 10 Americans say they have been falling behind financially in recent years, an 11-point increase from four years ago. About one-quarter of people say the future of the next generation of Americans will be better, while nearly half say it will be worse. Nearly the same percentage of Americans expressed a bleak outlook in early 1992, when George Bush faced re-election and ultimately lost to Bill Clinton. Mr. Obama has an approval rating of 48 percent, according to the poll, and six in 10 respondents say the country is on the wrong track.
The poll found that the two men are deadlocked at 46 percent each. The last poll had the President up by a few points. CNN's poll of polls has Obama up over Romney by two points, a statistical tie.