Friday battleground state polls showed a sunnier outlook for President Barack Obama heading into the final days before the election. Though behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Florida, other polls indicated the president holds a minor lead in three other states while the pair are tied up in Wisconsin.
Here's a closer look at the newest battleground state surveys.
Voter Survey Service conducted a poll for the Sunshine State News between Oct. 22 and 24 showing Romney was a favorite for the majority of those polled. 51 percent were ready for a change in leadership, while another 46 were ready to re-elect the president
As noted by Sunshine State News, five other Florida polls show Romney ahead by between six points to one point.
Absentee ballots in the state show a higher turnout by registered Republicans, with 468,417 ballots returned compared to 414,343 from registered Democrats. A total of 1.05 million ballots have been cast as of Thursday morning.
Gravis Marketing had two state polls available on Friday, and in the Iowa poll President Obama is ahead by 4 points, 50 to 46 percent. The results were still within the margin for error in the survey at 4.3 percent plus or minus.
The poll suggested that voters in the state are deeply divided by gender, with Romney leading by 18 percent among men. President Obama has a 23 percent lead with women.
Gravis also polled Nevada voters and found that Obama held the lead by a single point, 50 to 49 percent. Some voters are supporting the president despite the fact they don't like his job performance. Among those surveyed, 50 percent didn't approve of his job performance, and 45 percent approved.
The only New England battleground state gave the president a three-point lead over Romney at 49 to 46 percent among those surveyed and another 2 percent choosing another candidate. But the New England College poll noted that the result was within the plus or minus 4.1 percent margin of error for the poll.
Rasmussen Reports showed Romney tied with the president at 49 percent each. Only 2 percent of those polled are undecided and 1 percent will vote for someone else.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal and lives near Washington in Germantown, Md.
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