Polls: Dead heat in Colorado; Obama with slight advantage in Nevada
October 25th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Dead heat in Colorado; Obama with slight advantage in Nevada

(CNN) - New polls of likely voters in two battleground states released Thursday show President Barack Obama with a slight advantage in Nevada but tied with Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Colorado.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls were conducted Tuesday and Wednesday - entirely after Monday's third and final presidential debate. In Colorado, the race is tied at 48% for each candidate, while in Nevada voters split 50% for Obama and 47% for Romney.

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The three point advantage for Obama is within the survey's sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. An American Research Group poll of Nevada likely voters conducted both before and after Monday's debate found a similarly close race, with Obama at 49% and Romney at 47%.

The pollsters said their survey is evidence of a tightening race in Colorado, where Obama broke 50% in a mid-September NBC/WSJ poll, with Romney at 45%. That survey was conducted after the party conventions but before the debates.

Romney's favorability ratings have increased in both states since that September sample: in Colorado, he gained five points (from 43% to 48%) and in Nevada, he added three points (from 45% to 48%). Obama's favorability moved up two points in Nevada (from 50% to 52%) but remained at 51% in Colorado.

Following the third presidential debate's focus on foreign policy and national security, Obama retains an advantage on the subject. His edge over Romney was 51% to 44% in both states.

The polls were conducted October 23 and 24 by telephone. The Nevada sample included 1,042 likely voters and has a sampling error of plus or minus three points. In Colorado, 1,128 likely voters were contacted, and the poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Nevada
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. zenthrop

    ROMNEY: father was president of American Motors and three term governor of Michigan and worked with MLK, mother ran for senate, he was unpaid missionary for two years in France (long, hard, discouraging work days), valedictorian, Harvard MBA (top 5%), Harvard JD (with honors), unpaid Mormon bishop (to the 99%) unpaid Mormon stake president (to the 99.9%), gave away inheritance, Staples (89,000 jobs), Sports Authority (15,000 jobs), Domino's Pizza (7,900 jobs), quarter-billionaire, wealth placed in blind trust (no one owns him), saved Olympics, Massachusetts Governor where half of his staff were women with equal pay (four years of balanced budget and surplus), five very successful sons (three with MBAs from Harvard, one in medical residency), 18 grandchildren (cares about US future, not his own power), long happy marriage, turnaround artist for the nation.

    October 26, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. Thomas

    It's sad the American people forget so easy ,

    Romney= Gw Bush

    October 26, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  3. AceTygra

    4 more years BO baby

    October 26, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. Thomas

    The best money , Romney can buy .

    October 26, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  5. Olumide Omotoso

    President Obama "ll win the election. He has done a great job.

    October 26, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  6. Name OutOfTheBox

    This is why that Nevada billionaire donated $10,000,000 for Romney's slection. The 1% really believe they can buy this election, that the 99% will vote against their own interest if they hear lies repeated on the boob tube enough times. I hope Nevada proves them wrong.

    October 26, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  7. Anonymous

    obama will win

    October 26, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  8. cruzctrl03

    If Romney did so much good in Massachusetts when he was elected to governor by the people of Massachusetts, why is the state not leaning his way? Makes you wonder how successful was he? Did he create jobs, balance budgets, establish fairness for women, etc. You would think if his claims were so true the Massachusetts would be the reddest state on the map and that alone would sway my vote, regardless of his stance on other issues. But that’s not the case, makes you wonder, does it pass the smell test, I don’t think so. Esto Apesta Muy Malo

    October 26, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
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