• 38 percent of Americans say the economy will improve in the next 12 months; 19 percent expect it to get worse, 42 percent expect it to “stay the same.”
• 36 percent say President Obama’s policies “helped” the economy; 33 percent say they “hurt” it, 30 percent say his policies have not made much difference on the economy.
• 32 percent say that if Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, economic conditions will be “helped.”
• 24 percent say economic conditions will be hurt, 39 percent say his election will not make much difference.
• 31 percent say that if Mr. Obama wins re-election this year, economic conditions will be “helped.”
• 30 percent say economic conditions will be “hurt,” 37 percent say his re-election will not make much difference.
Source: An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted April 13 to 17, reported by The Washington Times' Jennifer Harper.
Keep in mind this is just a poll of adults, not likely voters, so it's essentially meaningless. But it shows a larger skepticism of the ability of Republicans and Democrats to fix the economy.