Polls: President Obama has a majority of voters backing him in three critical battleground states, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. A new EPIC-MRA poll in Michigan finds Obama retakes the lead over Mitt Romney, 48% to 42%.
Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times: Obama leading his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Florida 51%-45%, in Ohio 50%-44%, and in Pennsylvania 53%-42%. Florida and Ohio are considered toss-ups in November’s general election, while Pennsylvania is rated “lean Obama” on CNN’s Electoral Map.
Among self-identified independents, Obama edges Romney in Florida 47%-46%, and Ohio 47%-44%. The president’s lead among independents in Pennsylvania is more robust, 58%-36%.
A gender gap persists in all three states, where women are more likely to back Obama and men go stronger for Romney.
In all three battlegrounds, an enthusiasm gap persists between the two candidates. Sixty five percent of Obama supporters in Florida say they strongly favor the president, compared to 49% of Romney’s backers who say they strongly favor the Republican candidate. Source: CNN