President Barack Obama is leading Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania by a margin of 46 percent to 40 percent, thanks primarily to support from women and independent voters.
However, a new Quinnipiac University poll also shows his lead shrinking and Romney with strong support by a margin of 49 percent to 41 percent from voters who believe he could do better than Obama in dealing with the nation’s economic problems.
The poll of 997 registered state voters taken June 5-10 also showed Obama’s lead in the state shrinking since May 3 when he was ahead of Romney by 8 points, at 47 percent to 39 percent.
Breaking down the support, the poll found that Obama leads among women voters in the state by 51 percent to 36 percent, and among independents by 43 percent to 35 percent.
Romney, meanwhile, did better among men by a margin of 44 percent to 40 percent.
But when asked which candidate they thought was more likeable, 77 of the participants said Obama compared to 58 percent for Romney.
“President Barack Obama is holding his ground against Gov. Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania,” said Quinnipiac poll assistant director Tim Malloy. But he added, “While almost four-fifths of voters, including 58 percent of Republicans, say the President is a likable person, where the rubber meets the road on the campaign trail – the economy – Romney has the lead.”
“Pennsylvania may like the president more than they like Mitt Romney, but the warm and fuzzy feeling gives way to the cold hard truth of a still shaky economy,” Molloy said.
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