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— From a new analysis of U.S. Census data by the Pew Hispanic Center; see it at


• 56 percent of registered voters in 12 swing states say they are not “better off” than they were four years ago.

• 20 percent of that group blame it on President Obama.

• 15 percent blame both Mr. Obama and former President George W. Bush; 14 percent blame neither.

• 7 percent blame Mr. Bush.

• 52 percent say Mr. Obama has not “done as well as could be expected” in dealing with the economy; 46 percent say he has.

• 40 percent say they are better off now than they were in 2008.

Source: A Gallup poll of 970 registered voters conducted Aug. 6 to 13 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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