(CNN) – The latest poll in New Hampshire – the first survey taken in the state after the second presidential debate – shows President Barack Obama with an eight point lead over his rival Mitt Romney.
The survey from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Obama at 49% among likely New Hampshire voters, compared to 41% who said they'd support Romney. Another 9% remained undecided. There are 4 electoral votes at stake in the Granite State.
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A poll taken before the second presidential debate, which was held October 16 on Long Island, showed the two candidates in a dead heat. That poll, from Suffolk University, had both Obama and Romney at 47%. And an American Research Group poll, also conducted ahead of the second debate, showed Romney edging Obama, 50%-46%. Both the Suffolk poll and the ARG survey were conducted after the first presidential debate, held October 3 in Denver.
The UNH poll released Monday showed a significant gender gap persisting in the Granite State. Among women, Obama held a 23-point lead over Romney, 57%-34%. Romney held an edge among men, 49%-42%.
For much of the presidential campaign, Obama has maintained an edge over his rival in New Hampshire. The race narrowed after the first presidential debate, which most observers said Romney won decisively. The former Massachusetts governor campaigned heavily in New Hampshire ahead of its first-in-the-nation primary in January. Obama last campaigned in the state on Thursday.
The UNH poll was conducted by telephone October 17-21 from 773 likely New Hampshire voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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