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Poll: How's 'hope & change' working out for ya, America?

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According to one new poll, two-thirds of Americans believe President Barack Obama has kept his promise to "fundamentally change" the country... but the majority say it has been change for the worse:

A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership.

The results signal broad voter unease with the direction the nation has taken under Obama’s leadership and present a major challenge for the incumbent Democrat as he seeks reelection this fall. ...

[The poll] found 68 percent of likely voters — regardless of whether they approve or disapprove of Obama — believe the president has substantially transformed the country since his 2009 inauguration.

The feeling that Obama has changed the country for the worse is strongest among Republicans, at 91 percent, compared to 71 percent of Democrats who support Obama’s brand of change.

The GOP obviously leads here as long as they can turn this dissatisfaction into votes in November.  Obama is also in trouble within his own party, as 1-in-5 Democrats say they feel Obama has changed the United States for the worse.

But what I don't understand is this: If the clear majority of Americans identify that America is on the wrong track under Obama, why is he still leading in key battleground states?

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