Economic anxiety is particularly acute in Ohio, where Republican Rob Portman just defeated Democrat Lee Fisher in the U.S. Senate race.
In Ohio, 34 percent have seen a job loss in their household in recent years, higher than the figure nationally. And a full 88 percent are either "very worried" or "somewhat worried" about the state of the nation's economy.
Seventy-three percent of state voters say in the past few years the country's economy has been in a "serious long-term decline," while only 25 percent say it is part of a normal downturn. Those who said the country's economy is in a long-term decline supported Portman by a 58 to 41 percent margin.
Overall, 29 percent of state voters say their vote was in favor of Obama, 31 percent say their vote was against him, and 38 percent say the president was not a factor in their vote choice. Forty-six percent of voters say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 54 percent disapprove.
Source: Exit poll conducted by Edison Media Research for the National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations. The National Election Pool (NEP) is a consortium of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News and the Associated Press