Fox News Poll: Obama Leads Republican Candidates in Swing States

Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 11:58 AM

By Dan Weil

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As the economy begins to recover, so have President Barack Obama’s approval ratings. That’s reflected in a new poll from Fox News showing Obama ahead of the Republican presidential contenders in 10 major swing states.

The states are Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida and Virginia. Obama won all 10 in 2008 and will need to capture at least some of them again to win re-election.

The poll shows Obama leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 47 percent to 39 percent. The numbers are almost exactly the same for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, with Obama leading, 48 percent to 39 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Obama leads former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 52 percent to 32 percent. And he leads Texas Rep. Ron Paul 48 percent to 38 percent.

That’s a strong improvement for Obama from a USA Today/Gallup poll of 12 swing states in November. It showed Romney and former GOP candidates Herman Cain and Rick Perry leading or close to Obama, The Hill reports.

The Fox News survey also indicates that more people approve of Obama than disapprove — 46 percent to 43 percent.


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