With the presidential debates set to begin next week, President Barack Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney in several key swing states. New polls in Florida, Ohio and Nevada all show the president with the advantage in the race. Nationally, the president also maintains the advantage, ahead or tied in three new polls in the last two days. Only six weeks remain for the candidates to make their case.
President Obama leads in three new polls of Ohio. Gravis Marketing conducted a poll of 594 likely voters, and found a 1 point advantage for Obama, 45-44 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 4.3 percent. The other two polls showed Obama with a larger lead. A poll by the Washington Post had Obama in the lead by 8 points, 52-44 percent. The poll surveyed 759 likely voters with a 4.5 percent margin of error. A CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll also found Obama with a sizable 10 point lead, 53-43 percent. The poll of 1,162 likely voters had a margin of error of 3 percent. Obama has been steadily building a lead in Ohio throughout September , only trailing in one poll all month.
Three new polls of Florida also show Obama in the lead. A poll by the Florida Times-Union found Obama ahead by 3 points, 49-46 percent. The poll surveyed 540 likely voters with a margin of error of 4.1 percent. A CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll put the president up by 9 points, 53-44 percent. The poll of 1,162 likely voters had a margin of error of 3 percent. A Washington Post poll found Obama with a 4 point lead, 51-47 percent. The poll surveyed 769 likely voters with a 4.5 percent margin of error.
Two new polls of Nevada have good news for Obama. A poll by the Nevada Retail Association found the candidates tied at 46 percent each. The poll of 500 likely voters had a 4.4 percent margin of error. A poll byPublic Policy Polling put Obama ahead of Romney by 9 points, 52-43 percent. The poll surveyed 501 likely voters with a 4.4 percent margin of error. President Obama has been ahead or tied in every poll of Nevada this year.
Three national polls show the election is trending in favor of the president. The Gallup Seven Day Tracking poll shows Obama with a six-point lead over Romney, 50-44 percent. Obama has led or tied Romney in this poll going back to the beginning of the conventions. The Rasmussen Three Day Tracking poll shows the two candidates tied at 46 percent each. And a poll by Bloomberg gives the president a 6 point lead, 49-43 percent. The national race has been trending Obama's way all month. President Obama has not trailed Mitt Romney in any national polls since the end of the conventions.
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