A new PPP national poll finds a 34 point separation in which Presidential candidate voters think can best help the economy depending on whether they are experiencing financial stress in their lives.
51% of those surveyed said they are having stress over financial concerns while 49% said they are not. Among those who are 57% think Barack Obama can better handle the economy while 37% think the same of John McCain. Among those who are not 54% think McCain would do a better job compared to 40% for Obama.
This data provides a pretty clear indicator of how important the economy has become to determining the next President, and why the bad financial news over the last week has coincided with gains in polling for Barack Obama.
Full results here