New swing state polls show President Obama in strong position for re-election in 2012.
A new New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac University poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney 53% to 43% in Ohio, long considered the bellwether electoral state.
Obama also has a lead in Florida, where he polls 53% to 44% over Romney. Florida is worth 29 electoral college votes and has been a target of both campaigns. Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan, who supports converting Medicare to a voucher program, may be hurting the Republican ticket in the senior-heavy state.
The poll also shows that Pennsylvania, once considered a “blue” state that might be within reach for Republicans, remains Democratic. In the new poll Obama holds a 12% lead, 54%-42% over Romney.
In all three states 54% hold a favorable opinion of Obama, while Romney’s numbers are a much weaker 41%.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson holds a 53%-39% lead over his opponent Connie Mack, Jr. in a race targeted by former Bush aide Karl Rove’s shadowy American Crossroads super PAC.
Another Rove target, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, leads Republican Josh Mandel 50%-40%.
In all three states, the economy was overwhelmingly cited as the top voter priority, followed by health care and the deficit.
In what could be a warning sign for the Massachusetts millionaire 55-57% of those polled said Romney does not “care about the needs and problems of people like you.”
By a 5-6 percent margin, poll respondents said they trusted President Obama over Romney on the economy.
By a 13-14 percent margin, people said they trusted President Obama over Romney on health care.
By a 12-15 percent margin, respondents said they trusted President Obama over Romney on the issue of national security. Obama is also more trusted to handle an international crisis by anywhere from 11-16 percent.
Obama also holds a 9-11 percent lead over Romney on the issue of taxation.
The poll found that Obama is trusted by nearly 60% of respondents on women’s reproductive issues, while Romney never scored higher than 38%.
The only issue where Romney had a slight 2-4 percent lead over Obama was on handling of the budget deficit.
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