With the presidential debates set to begin Wednesday, President Barack Obama continues to lead Mitt Romney in most state and national polls of the race. The sole bright spot for Romney was in North Carolina, where he either led or tied in two new polls.
Two polls of Ohio show Obama with the lead over Romney. A poll by the Columbus Dispatch found Obama with a nine-point advantage, 51-42 percent. The poll surveyed 1,662 likely voters with a 2.2 percent margin of error. The second poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), found Obama with a smaller lead, 49-45 percent. The survey of 897 likely voters had a 3.3 percent margin of error. "Barack Obama is still the favorite in Ohio," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, in a statement released with the poll. "But it's still a relatively close race there and a Mitt Romney comeback isn't out of the question. It's too early for Democrats to be celebrating or Republicans to be conceding."
A second poll by PPP surveyed North Carolina, and found the candidates tied at 48 percent each. The poll of 981 likely voters had a margin of error of 3.1 percent. A poll by American Research Group found Romney with a 4 point edge over Obama, 50-46 percent. The poll surveyed 600 likely voters and had a 4 percent margin of error.
A new Gravis Marketing poll of Florida found Obama with a slim lead. The president led Romney by a single point, 49-48 percent. The poll of 914 likely voters had a margin of error of 3.4 percent. This result is the smallest margin between the two candidates in Florida in two weeks.
Two new polls of Iowa show Obama with the lead. A poll by the Des Moines Register found Obama up by four points, 49-45 percent. The poll, released Sunday, surveyed 650 likely voters and had a 3.8 percent margin of error. A poll by We Ask America also found Obama with a four-point lead over Romney, 48-44 percent. The poll surveyed 1,273 likely voters with a 2.8 percent margin of error.
Four new national polls all show Obama ahead of Romney. The Gallup Seven Day Tracking Poll shows Obama with a four-point lead, 49-45 percent, down slightly from last week. The Rasmussen Three Day Tracking Poll has Obama up by three points, 50-47 percent. Politico and ABC News/Washington Post both show Obama with a 2 point lead in two separate polls by the same result, 49-47 percent. None of the four polls were completely outside their margins of error.