(Newsroom America) -- A majority of Americans believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago when President Obama was elected, and that he does not deserve a second term, according to a new survey.
The poll, conducted for The Hill newspaper, found that 52 percent of Americans say the country is in "worse condition" now than in 2008, while 54 percent said the president does not deserve reelection based solely on his job performance.
Those figures contrast with just 31 percent who said the country was in "better condition," while 15 percent said the country was "about the same."
Only 40 percent said Obama deserved to be reelected.
"The results highlight the depth of voter dissatisfaction confronting Obama as he makes his case for a second term at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.," said the paper. The convention begins Monday.
"They also strongly suggest Democrats need to convince voters the election should be a choice between Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, rather than a referendum on the president," the paper said.
According to the poll, Obama's biggest Achilles' heel is the weak economy; fully half of respondents said they were "very unsatisfied" with the way he's handled it, with another 8 percent saying they were somewhat dissatisfied.
Also, there is a perception among most voters that Obama's reelection effort is in trouble; more think Republican nominee Mitt Romney will win than the president.
The Hill’s poll was conducted Sept. 2 among 1,000 likely voters by Pulse Opinion Research. It has a 3 percentage point margin of error.
The Republican ticket of Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are using the stagnant economy against the president as this election's primary issue.
"The president cannot tell you that you’re better off," Ryan said in a speech on Sunday in North Carolina, a day before the Democratic convention was set to kick off.
"And if we want to improve things, then how would rehiring the same administration do that? It wouldn’t," he said.
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