Washington: President Barack Obama has established a six-point lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney in both Ohio and Florida, and is also up by a surprising 11 points in Pennsylvania, a new poll has revealed.
According to a new Quinnipiac/CBS/New York poll, Obama has opened up leads in three of the most important prizes on the electoral map, including the Buckeye State.
The president is running better in the key swing states than he is nationally,” the New York Daily News quoted Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, as saying.
“Part of the reason may be that the unemployment rate in Ohio is well below the national average. In Florida, it has been dropping over the past year, while nationally that has not been the case,” he added.
Other recent polls also suggest that Obama’s attack ads targeting Romney’s time running Bain Capital have also resonated in several swing states.
Obama’s lead in Pennsylvania, despite worries that the state’s new restrictive voter ID law may suppress Democratic turnout, could be large enough that the state may not be a battleground after all, the report said.
For the first time in months, neither campaign is currently advertising in the Keystone State, which is a possible sign that both sides believe an Obama win there is a foregone conclusion, it added.