Poll: Obama Bests Or Ties Romney In Three Key States

By: CBS
By: CBS

While the general election is just beginning, a new poll shows a very close contest shaping up in two critical states.

President Obama and his presumed Republican challenger Mitt Romney are essentially tied in Florida and Ohio, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. In Florida, Romney takes 44 percent to Obama's 43 percent, while in Ohio, Obama wins 44 percent and Romney wins 42 percent.

In Pennsylvania, meanwhile -- another swing state -- Obama has a distinct lead with 47 percent support to Romney's 39 percent.

No presidential candidate since 1960 has won the White House without carrying two of these three states, polled by Quinnipiac from April 25 - May 1.

While Obama is doing slightly better overall in those three states, Romney appears to have gained some ground -- a month ago, the president had bigger leads in Florida and Ohio. And on the critical issue of the economy, Romney may have an edge.

Voters in Florida say Romney would do a better job fixing the economy, 49 percent to 40 percent. Similarly, 47 percent of Ohio voters say Romney would do a better job, compared to 43 percent who say Obama would. In Pennsylvania, voters are split: 44 percent say Obama would do a better job handling the economy while 43 percent pick Romney.

While at least two thirds of voters in all three states say the economy is still in a recession, at least 51 percent in each state say the recovery has begun. In some good news for the president, a new Associated Press survey of 32 leading economists suggests the unemployment rate could fall below 8 percent by Election Day.

In Ohio and Pennsylvania, Romney could gain more ground if he widened his appeal among women. In Ohio, 50 percent of women back the president while 37 percent support Romney. Among men in that state, Romney has a 10-point advantage. Similarly in Pennsylvania, women choose Mr. Obama over Romney, 52 percent to 35 percent while men prefer Romney by three points.


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  • by Doesn't make a difference... on May 5, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    Obama? Romney? Romney is nothing more than Obama "light". And before the racist idiots start in, by "light" I mean as in light beer. This election will make no difference as we are already falling off the cliff.
  • by sara Location: cs on May 4, 2012 at 08:43 PM
    Nobody I talk to, male or female, is going to vote for him.
  • by Female voter on May 4, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    Who r these voters. None of the women I work with plan on voting for him. None of the voting age women in my family plan to vote for him nor or any of my female friends. Who r these women they r polling?
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on May 4, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    Think there are three equal branches of the federal government? Apparently one person doesn't think so...http://americanvisionnews.com/3246/obama-threatens-supreme-court-extraordinary-disruption-if-obamacare-not-upheld
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on May 4, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Things get manipulated in BOTH major parties. Romney and the GOP elite may be in for a surprise. Watch this video. Why the Republican Primary may have just gotten started. http://americanvisionnews.com/3250/why-the-republican-primary-may-have-just-gotten-started
  • by jazzcat on May 4, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    A few synonyms for 'useful idiots': partisans, Republicans, Democrats, 'left', 'right'.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on May 4, 2012 at 07:22 AM
    A lot depends on where and who gets polled. Dem strongholds, people on the public "breast", useful idiots (look up the definition of that term yourself) including a large number of college students. Anyone with an ounce of common sense could not possibly consider Obama for a second term. As a bumper sticker I saw said: "If you supported Obama the first time to prove you are not racist then vote for someone else this time to prove you're not stupid". We're going to have enough of a problem in November with election fraud, we don't need a bunch of misguided voters to boot.
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      by Arctic Warrior on May 4, 2012 at 07:42 AM in reply to Nath
      Reminds me of the movie "Tommy Boy" in regards to voter fraud.
  • by Colorado Location: C/S on May 4, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    I don't know how much faith I put in polls. The media can do a lot of "manipulations" with them. I do know that if you have a "liberal" friend you should try and do your best to open their eyes and help them see the light about the current Pres's record.
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      by Columbus on May 4, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to Colorado
      Amen!
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