Obama Leads Romney in Poll of Florida, Ohio and Virginia

President Barack Obama continues to lead Republican rival Mitt Romney in post-convention opinion polls, with a CBS News/New York Times survey out today giving him a three-percentage-point advantage among likely voters.

Obama received 49 percent support in the poll taken Sept. 8-12, while Romney had 46 percent, a difference between the two within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Independents backed Romney, 50 percent to 44 percent, as did male voters by 52 percent to 44 percent. Obama led among women, 53 percent to 41 percent.

U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures after speaking during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2012. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Obama has erased Romney’s advantage when voters are asked which candidate would do a better job handling the economy and creating jobs, the poll found. Obama leads Romney in that category 50 percent to 44 percent, whereas in previous CBS/New York Times polls Romney led by as much as 14 percentage points.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released yesterday of likely voters in the swing states of Florida, Ohio andVirginia showed Obama ahead in each race. Recent national polls by CNN and Gallup following last week’s Democratic National Convention also put Obama in the lead.

The NBC/Journal poll gave Obama a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over Romney in both Florida and Virginia, and a 50 percent to 43 percent edge in Ohio. No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio.  Read More  (Bloomberg/Salant)

FLConnection/ Arnoldo Varona, Editor

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