Most Recent Polls Show Obama Still Ahead of Romney in Two Battleground States

Presidential Poll Round Up - September 14

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President Barack Obama's post-convention bounce may be beginning to fade. New polls released Friday show Obama with slim leads over Republican Mitt Romney in two key battleground states. Nationally, the polls remain close, with at least one poll showing either candidate in front.


The latest Rasmussen poll of Virginia gave Obama a slim one-point edge over Romney, 49 to 48 percent. The poll surveyed 500 likely voters with a 4.5 percent margin of error. Two polls earlier this week found opposite results, one with Romney ahead by 5 points, the other with Obama ahead by the same amount.


Another new poll of Colorado also gave Obama a slim one-point lead over Romney. The poll, conducted by Survey USA/Denver Post , surveyed 615 likely voters. Obama was ahead 47 to 46 percent, well within the poll's 4 percent margin of error. According to polling data aggregated by Real Clear Politics , President Obama has led in most polls of Colorado during this campaign, averaging a three-point led in the most recent polls.

North Carolina

The Democratic Party's presence in the Tar Heel State for their convention has not given the president any bounce in the polls there. Another new poll of North Carolina by Rasmussen has Romney in the lead by six points, 51 to 45 percent. The poll surveyed 500 likely voters, with a margin of error of 4.5 percent. Romney has led in the majority of polls of North Carolina this campaign season, with an average lead of 4.8 percent.

New Jersey

A poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University found Obama ahead in the Garden State, confirming the president's long-standing lead. The poll of 706 likely voters gave Obama a 14-point lead over Romney, 52 to 38 percent, with a 3.8 percent margin of error. The president has led in every poll of New Jersey since the beginning of the campaign.

National Polls

The Rasmussen Tracking Poll gave Romney the advantage nationally, 48 to 45 percent. The poll averages three days of polling 500 likely voters each night with a 3 percent margin of error. The Gallup Tracking Poll , which averages more than 3,000 likely voters over seven days, found Obama with a 5 point lead, 49 to 44 percent, with only a 2 percent margin of error. The most recent CBS/NY Times poll also found Obama with a lead nationally, 49 to 46 percent. The poll surveyed 1,162 likely voters with a 3 percent margin of error.

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