By David Jackson, USA TODAY
A new poll says President Obama has changed things for the worse in the United States.
A survey by The Hill, a Washington, D.C., newspaper, says that 56% of likely voters believe Obama has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared with 35% who believe the country has changed for the better on his watch.
"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 re-election this fall," reports The Hill.
Most of the concerns revolve around the economy.
On the stump, Obama says the economy is gradually improving from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
The president also argues that Republican opponent Mitt Romney wants to return to the economic policies of the George W. Bush administration that led to the economic meltdown of 2008.
The poll conducted July 5 of 1,000 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Hill reports on its poll:
It found 68% 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%, compared to 71% of Democrats who support Obama's brand of change.
Strikingly, 1-in-5 Democrats say they feel Obama has changed the United States for the worse.
Compared to the sentiment about Obama's impact, fewer people see presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a candidate who will change the country dramatically if elected.
Still, 50% of people think Romney will bring a "significant" level of change -- a finding that may reflect the desire among anti-Obama voters for a reversal of the president's policies.