Washington (CNN) - 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.
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Seventy-one percent of people questioned rate the current economic conditions as poor, but 58% say those conditions will be good a year from now.
According to the poll, regardless of which candidate they support, 56% say that Obama will win re-election, with 36% saying that Romney will come out on top in November.
The survey indicates that Romney's favorable rating has jumped to 50%, with his unfavorable rating down to 41%. By a 52% to 46% 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.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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Again CNN. Romney has to beat Ron Paul first. If however, Romney should go against Obama he could very possibly win. In the GOP race Romney has demonstrated the ability to just buy off the media entirely and the democrats are not ready for Romney's dirty bag of tricks. After seeing the response here yesterday to CNN's bogus claim Ron Paul has dropped out of the race (Romney dirty trick), It is clear to me the dems have not been paying attention to the GOP race since the media blackout on Ron Paul started. That's your fault CNN!!! Wait until Mitt Romney owns your bosses there. I wonder how many of you he can fire in four years? The funny part is YOU DESERVE IT!!!
Rudy NYC – That 55% have been completely bamboozled by the smooth talk, and taught what to think.
Hillarious coming from one of the main koolaide drinkers in here! Maybe the American people can read the results day in and day out and see that everything Obama has done has made no difference or made things worse by prolonging the recession?
All the Obama campaign money in the world cannot chnage the facts: record unemployment for record length of time, while running record deficits and addding record amount to our national debt. Nobody in their right mind thinks this country can take four more years of this Obama nightmare.
The only voters dumber than a Ron Paul supporter, is a Willard Romney supporter. You Paul supporters treat him like your own little Charles Manson or Jim Jones. Just exposes your weak-mindedness.
i also believe the president will win reelection eve though he has not been a good politican he ahs been a good president
and will get my vote.