1 / 16

Is the Economy Better Off?

Owner Peppe Smith stands in her bowling alley in Boardman, Ohio. Smith sees positive signs all around her suburban Youngstown community. "I cannot deny that I am better off than I was four years ago," she declares, then pointedly adds: "I do not attribute that to the president."

Is the Economy Better Off?

In the final stretch of the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be judged on their perceived abilities to improve our economy. To gauge the mood of the electorate, Associated Press Photographers visited voters around the country, and asked them this question, "Is the economy better off?".