Washington (CNN) - A second straight survey indicates a pretty close race right now between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney for Virginia's 13 electoral votes.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday morning, the president holds a 47%-42% margin over Romney in the battleground state, with 6% unsure. Obama's five point margin is down from an eight point 50%-42% lead over Romney in Virginia in Quinnipiac's previous poll in the state, which was conducted in March before the former Massachusetts governor became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
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The new Quinnipiac survey is in line with an NBC/Marist poll conducted in the middle of last month which indicated the president holding a 48%-44% margin over Romney in Virginia.
The state's Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, is thought to be one of the people Romney may be considering as a running mate. But the poll indicates that putting McDonnell on the ticket doesn't change the race in Virginia. According to the survey, a Romney-McDonnell ticket trails the Obama-Vice President Joe Biden ticket 48%-43%.
The survey also indicates that Virginia voters oppose same-sex marriage 49%-42%, but only one in four say it's "extremely" or "very" important to their vote for president. And only 24% say that the president's support for same-sex marriage makes them less likely to vote for him, while 60% say it won't affect their vote.
According to the poll, the president has a 16 point lead over Romney among female voters, while Romney has a five point advantage over Obama among male voters.
"President Barack Obama remains ahead in Virginia, but he is hearing Gov. Mitt Romney's footsteps. His lead over Romney is built upon a continuing gender gap that favors him – essentially the president stays close among men while he is very strong among women," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "For Romney to take the lead he will need to reverse the gender gap. Often when Republicans win, they use a solid lead among men and narrow their loss among women."
The survey also indicates that Obama a 45%-37% advantage over Romney among independent voters.
CNN's electoral map indicates Virginia is a toss up.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted May 30-June 4, with 1,282 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
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