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

Poll: Pennsylvania the Newest Battleground State?

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October 9, 2012

In a new poll conducted both before and after last Wednesday’s presidential debate, Pennsylvania may have moved from leaning toward President Obama to a battleground.  

A new survey from the Siena Research Institute released on Tuesday, which was conducted Oct. 1 to Oct. 5, shows President Obama’s lead down to just three percentage points in the Keystone State. Obama captured a narrow lead of 43 percent to Mitt Romney’s 40 percent, while undecided voters made up 12 percent.

Obama is viewed favorably by 49 percent and unfavorably by 44 percent of voters surveyed, while Romney has a 40 percent favorable and a 49 percent unfavorable rating.

 

Previous polls had shown Obama with a solid lead in Pennsylvania. The president carried the state 54 percent to 44 percent over Sen. John McCain in 2008. 

But several national and swing state polls show Romney closing the gap with Obama in the week since the debate, when Romney turned in a strong performance.

The Siena poll was conducted with telephone calls to 545 likely voters and has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points. 

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