Ohio trending for Obama; Florida, Virginia tied
September 13th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Ohio trending for Obama; Florida, Virginia tied

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has a narrow advantage over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio according to a new poll released Thursday which also found the race for the White House locked up in Florida and Virginia.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls came out hours after another survey of likely voters, conducted by the American Research Group, found Ohio to be statistically tied.

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But the numbers could be evidence of a post-convention bump for the incumbent president. A CNN/ORC International poll of likely voters nationwide released Monday found Obama six points ahead of Romney, although the results were within the survey's sampling error.

In Thursday's polls, Ohio likely voters split 50% for Obama, 43% Romney, according NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, with 83% strongly supporting their candidate of choice.

Voters in both Florida and Virginia split 49% for Obama and 44% for Romney, a five point difference within the poll's sampling error of 3.1.

The polls were conducted between Sunday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 11, following the close of the Democratic National Convention.

In the three states, Obama's approval rating was at or just below the 50% mark and his favorability ratings were just above 50%. Meanwhile, more voters in each of the three states thought the country was on the wrong track than thought it was on the right track. The survey conductors noted this number was improving and between 42% and 45% in all three states.

On the question of who would best handle the economy, likely voters' opinions were mixed.

Florida voters picked Romney over Obama, 47% to 46%; Ohio voters went for Obama over Romney; 48% to 44%; and in Virginia, voters were evenly divided.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls in the three battleground states came on the same day the ARG poll released results showing races in Ohio and Colorado separated by less than two points. Thursday morning, an EPIC/MRA survey of likely voters found 47% supporting Obama and 37% supporting Romney, with 16% unsure who they would support.

Florida, Ohio, and Virginia are among the nine toss up states on the CNN Electoral Map. Florida is also the largest toss up prize on the map with 29 electoral votes, while Ohio is the second largest with 18 and Virginia has 13.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Polls • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. charlie avila

    Mitt romney should offer illegal immigrants, those who are already here, a way to become residents; in order to reach the white house. Once president, he should "close and seal" the border, to prevent more illegals from entering the country. But he needs the latino votes to hit the presidential seat. We can't afford 4 more years of the "evil socialist left wing" of the obama administration. Obama's agenda is to destroy the country weakening it and putting it under the european union orbit. Women are blind supporting him, his speeches are evil, and women belives his lies!!...

    September 13, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. vladimir.

    Romney and Ryan are a liars, we have or we need to support 100% Obama and Joe's ticket 2012 4 more years.

    September 13, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    They must have some pretty stupid people in Florida and Virginia ,I live in Florida and Obama has my vote and the rest of my families ,only idiots and senile old coots would vote for a tax cheat romney and lyin Ryan the hotdog car driver ,you will get what you deserve with a gop vote ,
    Nothing .

    September 13, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. michael

    Ratings will go down for Obama because of the trouble in the mid east, but polls will drop dramatically for Romney for his verbal assault on a besieged US embassy. "The embassy in Cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached, protesters were inside the grounds," said Romney at his press conference. "They reiterated that statement after the breach. I think it's a - a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values."
    Did Romney expect the Cairo diplomats to retract their defense of religious tolerance in the face of the attack? Or did Romney expect the Obama administration to denounce the diplomats who were under siege?

    September 13, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. B.

    Obama will win this as witnessed by Romney literally saying and doing outrageous things that show just how scared he is.
    The guy has no limits and a dangerous mouth.

    September 13, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. ronb

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Willard Romney and his team of "advisors" in the White House??! Get a clue people. This guy will get your children killed with his absent-minded foolishness.

    September 13, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. n

    Romney is running scared right about now and is likely to make even a bigger fool of himself. If you think yesterday was bad, Romney faking his nonexistent foreign policy credential. He is by far a chicken hawk of a coward. "shooting first and aiming later" A classic!

    September 13, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Republican who supports President Obama

    All I can wish for now is that the good folks there send the speaker fo the house packing.

    September 13, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Ed1

    Ohio needs to wake up we can't afford four more years of the spend what you don't have and no leadership as the President put the crack pipe down this is not a dream but another nightmare in the making.

    September 13, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. mcskadittle

    the debates are going to be the end for Romney, i will bet you 10000 dollars on that

    September 13, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Bernard obryant

    Obama got the lead but romney not out of it but job a biz person in obama world maybe dont create enough job as the govt do hmmm people should buy a biz and buy out govt only way to beat govt other go govt help

    September 13, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Bernard obryant

    Other wise go govt help

    September 13, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Christopher

    You know it's bad when the "liberal media" says Romney and Obama are tied in two states when it's clearly not a tie. I mean, 46% vs 47% might be a tie, but not 49% and 44%!

    September 13, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. JustSayin

    The democrats are trying to put this game away in central Florida. If central Florida goes blue, Romney has no chance.

    September 13, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. spinGolly

    People are realizing that if the Rombot gets elected, there would be a new dog story. The Koch brothers and Adelson are riding in the car with Bibi driving. This time Mitt would be in a box tied to the roof.

    September 13, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. Wade

    HHS Secretary will probably not be punished, after investigators found she illegally campaigned for Obama. America loves to have a failed liar hypocrite as president and a totally lawless one at that. How many criminals are now in the Mafia white house? All of them,

    September 13, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Name

    Almost over for Romney

    September 13, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. USA

    Ok Romney & Ryan corporate news..since when does a five point lead become a tie in Virginia and Florida?

    September 13, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. Yvon paul

    Iwouldlike for president obama tobe reelected four 4 more years

    September 13, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. canchange

    I dont believe in the liberal media.Ask questions to Obama no,no,no He cant answer any.How come that in Brithish,France and Spain thay got the report that there was atreat againish the Embassis of USA 24 hours before that happens,they tried to brief Obama but he dont want ,he is very busy campaining got to go Colorado,mint time dont care they kill the ambassador and 3 more americans.this president got to go.And the press got to start doing the work they supposed to do.Lefties dominated the press in USA.thanks

    September 13, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. mambert

    Romney cannot win, he has a King Royal in his hands, but OBAMA has an A Diamond Royal. Romney said all in; OBAMA says I call.

    September 13, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. mcjon22

    Yeah, because NBC Isn't liberal or anything so of course there poll shows Obama with 5 point leads in Fla and Virginia when everyone else shows it tied or Romney by 1. NBC is such a joke. (btw, I'm an independent)

    September 13, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Larry L

    The independents in these states have seen Romney's poor behavior during a crisis. He responds like what he is... a spoiled, rich boy used to getting his way and trying to "win" a position or power – a very poor leader. President Obama continues to lead with maturity and wisdom. Romney is finished in this race and independents are the reason.

    September 13, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Matt

    How do you put this headline and then write this in the second paragraph.

    "The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls came out hours after another survey of likely voters, conducted by the American Research Group, found Ohio to be statistically tied."

    September 13, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. John q

    Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaat

    September 13, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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