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Some good news from the pollsters for Team Obama Wednesday a.m.: The president currently leads in three swing states, including a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania.
According to a poll by Quinnipiac, CBS News, and the New York Times, Obama is ahead in Ohio and Florida by six percentage points, and is polling 53 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania against Mitt Romney. But a note of caution: The poll surveyed a significantly larger number of Democrats than Republicans, which, as the Washington Post notes, could be giving Obama more of a lead than he actually has in those states.
It also looks like the poll might indicate a gap in strength of support between the two candidates, too. As CBS explains, Obama's supporters in all three states are more likely to "strongly favor" the president in November, while Romney is more likely to take in supporters primarily motivated by their dislike for Obama. In Pennsylvania, for instance, 22 percent of Romney supporters are motivated by their dislike of the other contender, while only 7 percent of Obama's supporters say the same.
Obama's perception among voters is also polling favorably against Romney. He's way more likely to be seen as caring about voters' needs and problems. But Romney has a slight advantage among voters in one key election issue: the economy. While more than two-thirds of voters say neither candidate is likely to help their personal financial prospects, Romney fares slightly better. Thirty-eight percent of voters in Ohio and Florida (and 37 percent in Pennsylvania) said the president's policies would hurt their personal financial situation, while 30 percent of voters said the same of Romney in Florida, 32 percent in Pennsylvania, and 37 percent in Ohio.
Check out the full results at the New York Times.