In case you missed it: New polling on the presidential race was released this week, and the results show President Obama holds a 47-38 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio. In Pennsylvania and Florida, two other key states, Mitt Romney still trails behind by several points. Illustrating the importance of these three battleground states, Quinnipiac reports, “no one has won the White House since 1960 without taking at least two of them.”
As reported in the Columbus Dispatch, many say the strong lead Obama has taken over Romney is a result of confidence in President Obama’s handling of the economy:
“Bolstered by a new confidence in his economic policies, President Barack Obama has opened a 9-point lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio. […]Obama’s lead in Ohio stems in part from voters’ greater confidence in him to handle the economy: By 47 percent to 42 percent, they say the president would do a better job than Romney, and by the same margin say that Obama would be better for their personal economic future than the former Massachusetts governor.”
The Quinnipiac poll also shows further evidence of President Obama’s support from women, African-Americans, younger voters, and independent voters overall. As described by Peter Brown, of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute:
“The president’s overall margin is built on his big lead among women, younger voters and African-Americans. […]The president’s lead is largely due to his lead among independent voters, the group that usually decides Ohio elections,” said Brown.
In a Toledo Blade article, Brown explains the importance of this poll as we get closer to the election:
“President Barack Obama has decent margins over Gov. Mitt Romney in Ohio and Pennsylvania and a smaller advantage in Florida. If he can keep those leads in all three of these key swing states through election day he would be virtually assured of re-election,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the university’s polling institute, in a release.
What this poll means is a majority of Ohioans want to re-elect President Obama; and as reported in the Toledo Blade:
“… no president has been elected since 1960 without carrying the Buckeye State.”
You can view the official Quinnipiac University poll here.