A new poll of likely voters finds Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a virtual tie in the presidential race, while underlying feelings about the future of the country and the economy appear negative and pessimistic.

The poll, conducted by the Tarrance Group on behalf of Public Notice, an independent non-profit, shows Obama with 47 percent support among likely voters, with Romney just behind at 46 percent. Obama also has 49 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval on his job performance among those voters.

But 59 percent of those polled said the country is on the "wrong track," with 37 percent saying the economy is getting worse and 35 percent saying it is staying the same. Forty-two percent of independent voters and 45 percent of undecided voters say they believe the economy is worsening.

If the presidential race remains contingent on the economy and how voters feel, those numbers may bode poorly for Obama's reelection chances.

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