President Barack Obama now has a majority of support in the key swing state of Virginia. The latest survey by Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading GOP challenger Mitt Romney 51-46 percent.
“Virginia continues to look like it may be something of a firewall state for Obama,” the firm noted in an analysis of the poll. “PPP has now polled it 9 times this cycle, and President Obama has led by at least 4 points on all 9 of the polls. He's been ahead by 5 points, 5 points, 8 points, and 8 points over the course of the four surveys we've conducted in 2012.”
The poll also found that Obama has a slight advantage over Romney in terms of who voters trust more on the economy, leading on that question 49 to 47 percent. He also leads on foreign policy by 51 to 45 percent.
Romney also gets negative numbers for how he has handled the situation in Libya, where four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador, were killed last week. Some 48 percent disapproved of his handling of the event while 41 percent approved.
Obama continues to have wide support among women, African Americans and younger voters while Romney leads with men, whites and seniors. By a margin of 50 percent to 43, voters think Romney should release 12 years of his tax returns.
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