It's a general election tie in three battlegrounds
May 31st, 2012
08:11 AM ET
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It's a general election tie in three battlegrounds

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are neck-and-neck in three of the general election battleground states Obama turned blue in the 2008 election, according to a new survey.

The NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday indicated the rivals statistically tied in Colorado, Iowa and Nevada, where voters said the economy was by far their top issue heading toward Election Day.

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Obama held a one-point advantage in Colorado, where he received 46% to Romney's 45%, a margin well within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Obama led among independent voters, 48% to 38%, in the state he won in 2008 by nearly 9 percentage points over then-Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.

Romney took the lead among male voters and those 45 years or older in the state, while Obama came out on top among female voters and those under 45. Almost three-quarters of voters said the economy will influence their vote more than social issues, with 45% saying Romney would do a better job addressing the economy, compared to Obama's 42%.

The two candidates were tied at 44% in Iowa with Obama edging out Romney among independent voters by four percentage points, also within the poll's sampling error.

Obama held an advantage, within the poll's sampling error, among independent voters, women voters, 48% to 39%, and those with college degrees, 50% to 39%. Romney, however, led Obama among men, 49% to 40%, and with those who do not hold college degrees, 47% to 41%.

More than seven-in-ten Hawkeye State voters said the economy is a more important issue with 46% of voters saying Romney would handle the fiscal situation better than Obama in the state the president carried with 54% percent of the vote in 2008 to McCain's 44.7%.

Obama captured Nevada in 2008 by double digits, but Thursday's poll indicated he holds a two-point margin over Romney, 48% to 46%.

The incumbent president held more support among independent voters in the state with 50% support to Romney's 39%. He also led among women, 54% to 40%, African Americans with 89% support, Latinos with 61%, voters under 45 years of age and non-college graduates, 50% to 45%.

Romney received the top spot among white voters by 18 percentage points, 56% to 38%, among voters with college degrees and those 45 years or older, by six percentage points.

Seventy-eight percent of the Nevada electorate said the economy was issue No. 1, while 44% said Obama and 44% said Romney was best equipped to handle the financial issues.

NBC News and Marist surveyed 1,030 Colorado voters, 1,106 Iowa voters and 1,040 Nevada voters by telephone between May 22 and May 24 with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Nevada • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)

    Regardless of what the polls say, Willard has a women, minority and young people problem. God help us all if he's elected.

    May 31, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Marry

    Friends, it is just the beginning of JUNE! It is much too early to make any predictions. What about talking what they want to do… Well, never mind, we know…Gov. Romney plans to work for himself and the 1%, President Obama is allready working for 100% of the county….

    May 31, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Wake up people

    Of course they are, people are voting for skin color, kind of like American Idol. I hope people realize the consequences of their actions.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 31, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    While welcome news, it's too early. Having said that, these 3 states have trended blue in recent presidential elections. And while they're "tied", Obama is under 50% in all 3... and the undecided vote tends to go against the incumbent. This must be raising eyebrows at Axlerod, Inc.

    May 31, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Blindersoff

    For a Black man to receive a fraction of consideration of his hard work compared to a known flip-flopping, Etch-A Sketch failed governor and corporate raider, job killer, hidden bank accounts abroad to avoid paying taxes weasel, he must walk on water, heal the sick and change water into wine, in this case oil. White america (mostly, scared white men) would still hang em out to dry, even if it is against their better interest.

    May 31, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. gt

    just ask your self this ...and be honest...could you sell your house now and get what you your job is your retirement you believe your childern will have a better future than you....then who will do a better job on the economy.... thats who will win....not talk and action....

    May 31, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Marty, FL

    Obama/Biden 2012

    Mitt Romney is unfortunately beholden to the corrupt rich interests of Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers instead of the general American people.

    May 31, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. dbailey

    if romney has this much support the economy must be doing better than the statistics show. otherwise I can't see how people would vote for a vulture capitalist thats known for sucking the life out of workers and the middle class. billionaires who intend to try and buy this country should be the biggest clue! get a clue people or you will when everyone is making minimum wage

    May 31, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |