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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Poll: Obama Holds Narrow Lead in Colorado After Debate

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October 7, 2012

President Obama holds a narrow lead in Colorado following his uninspired debate performance last week in Denver, according to a new poll released Sunday.

The University of Denver poll shows Obama leading Mitt Romney, 47 percent to 43 percent. Four percent of likely voters said they would vote for another candidate, and 5 percent said they were undecided.

The poll was conducted Oct. 4-5 -- after the debate on Oct. 3 -- by Selzer & Co. of West Des Moines, Iowa. The majority of poll respondents say they watched the debate or heard coverage of it. Among those who paid attention to the debate, more than two-thirds, 68 percent, say Romney did a better job in the debate, held at the University of Denver. Only 19 percent said they thought Obama did a better job.

 

Overall, 51 percent of likely voters have a favorable impression of Obama, while 47 percent view him unfavorably. Romney is viewed favorably by 47 percent and unfavorably by 50 percent. But 38 percent say their impressions of Romney are getting better, compared to 18 percent who say the same about Obama.

Romney holds a slight edge on the economy and jobs, 50 percent to 45 percent. On health care and Medicare, the candidates run close: 48 percent for Obama, to 45 percent for Romney.

The poll's results do not differ significantly from other surveys conducted in mid-September. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed Obama ahead by 5 points, while a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll showed Obama up by just 1 point.

The poll surveyed 604 likely voters, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.

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