Polls: Romney, Obama nearly even in three key states
June 28th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Polls: Romney, Obama nearly even in three key states

(CNN) - New polls released Thursday indicate President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are essentially tied in three battleground states for the presidential race.

The president holds a slight advantage over his Republican rival in Michigan and North Carolina while polling dead-even with Romney in New Hampshire, according to the new NBC-Marist surveys. All three states' results fall within the sampling error for their respective polls.

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In Romney's native state of Michigan, he's slightly edged out by Obama, 43% to the president's 47%. While CNN's Electoral Map rates Michigan as leaning towards Obama, Romney included the state in his recent bus tour, suggesting he sees it in play for the fall.

In North Carolina, Obama holds a two-point margin over Romney, 46% to 44%. CNN also rates the state as leaning towards Romney, though Obama narrowly carried it in 2008.

In New Hampshire, which CNN rates as a toss-up, Obama and Romney both stand at 45% support among voters, according to the new poll.

Romney, who once served as governor of neighboring Massachusetts, campaigned heavily in the Granite State and won its presidential primary by a landslide earlier this year. Obama, however, won New Hampshire in 2008.

The NBC-Marist polls were conducted by telephone with 1,078 registered voters in Michigan with a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, 1,029 registered voters in New Hampshire with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, and 1,019 registered voters in North Carolina with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Roy

    Obama and the democrat congress reduced the deficit by 8.6% in fiscal year 2010 from 1.4 to 1.3 trillion. Source: Congressional Budget Office (search "cbo doc11936" for proof). Republicans won the house in Nov 2010 and forced their tax cuts for billionaires on America..now the deficit is projected to rise from 1.3 to 1.5 trillion in FY 2011. (Source: cbo doc12039)

    Republican policies: Failed ‘trickle down’ policies, reckless deregulations with no oversight, allowing Wall Street to concoct Ponzi schemes, the unnecessary Iraq War, tax breaks for rich/millionaires, subsidies for oil companies, unpaid prescriptions plans, etc. slowest job growth in over 50 years. Bush left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar DEFICIT, and two unfunded wars. If you smash a window and wait 2 weeks for someone else to clean it up, that period of time doesn't erase the fact that you smashed it to begin with. . . . . .When President Obama took office the country was losing approx 800,000 jobs per month, and the Obama Administration turned the job deficit into a job SURPLUS adding more jobs each month. SEE chart-of-the-day-jobs-lost-in-the-bush-and-obama-administration-2010-2 . . . The country and economy is better since President Obama was elected, as evidenced by the recent 27 straight months of JOB growth, 4.3 million created. He also rescued U.S auto industry (GM now #1 worldwide in sales, profitability), but Romney/GOP wanted to block this rescue. America is moving forward with successfully out of the ditch, and it would be ‘suicide’ to go back into the ditch by voting for Republicans with their ALREADY PROVEN FAILED POLICIES, which Romney supports along with the Ryan Budget, which is more extreme – Bush/Cheney policies on STEROIDS. Further, he pledged his allegiance to Grover Norquist (NOT to U.S. citizens) by signing Norquist’s pledge, and 17 out of 25 of Romney‘s close advisors‘ are from the Bush/Cheney team – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, would be masochists/insane to take the U.S down the DISASTROUS Bush/Cheney path AGAIN – Voters should vote these Obstructionists Republicans (with their failed policies) out of office.

    June 28, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    The polls are already obsolete. Romney just gained at least 5% in all states thanks to the USSC ruling on Obamacare. Roberts just decided the election for Romney. And all without recount challenges! The guy is a bloody GENIUS!!

    June 28, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Skepticist

    These polls mean absolutely NOTHING unless you include the choice of Ron Paul. You know as well as we do that if you included him, the true results would be an embarrassment to CNN and Obamney. If you think Romney is going to do anything different than Obama, you're sorely mistaken. They are one and the same (except for ethnic background). Romney is not a leader, but a traitor to what our country holds dear in its Constitution.

    June 28, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Curious to see how independents could vote for a man who flip-flops on every issue – even on the healthcare idea he originally created! He offers no specifics on his vision except his willingness to support the Ryan Budget and trash Medicare and Social Security. Other than those items (to hurt senior citizens) he's simply "against" everything.

    June 28, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    Does Romney believe the planet kolob will have an electoral vote ? Isn't it bad enough Utah the theocracy has an electoral vote.

    June 28, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. D greene

    God help us if Romney wins! He says whatever he needs to say regardless that that moment if he means it or not. I honestly do not thnk this man has a clue.

    June 28, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. John, PA

    They better go back an poll again after the Supreme Court ruling. Oh and Mr. Obama and the Democrats better start packing their bags, November 2012 is coming.

    June 28, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. D greene

    Sorry, meant to say he says whatever he needs to say at any given moment, regardless if he means it or not. He is a joke!

    June 28, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama is leading simple

    June 28, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    these polls are useless and really depends on which poll you choose to look at. About a week or so ago there was a poll showing Obama with a huge lead over Romney in NH...now one shows they are almost tied. Two weeks ago Romney was leading in Florida, now Obama is leading. I'll say again the only poll that really matters is the lever you pull in November.

    June 28, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "Obama and the democrat congress reduced the deficit by 8.6% in fiscal year 2010"
    -----–
    Obama promised a 50% reduction of the federal deficit. Which means he was off – WAY off.

    June 28, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    The only mistake on PPACA that Obama made was not holing out for the Single payer system as the option.
    If this SCOTUS decision or the Arizona case(s) benefit anyone electorally its democrats and the president.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 28, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Darryl

    Good luck to the Republicans now. This decision puts President Obama right where he belongs in the W/H and conferms is re-election totally.This is a President who truely cares about the american people and their health.Pres.Obama and his wife are wonderful people and they both deserve to be commended and respected for their tough fight against all odds of dis-respect and raceism and demonizing.Finally the people have realizied that what the President said back in 2007 that he would defend the middle class & poor to his best ability and all the promises he made are comming true and will continue for the next 4 years as they should.

    June 28, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    In oorder for you to pay income tax, you have to have income.
    In order for you to pay sales tax, you have to buy something.
    In order for you to pay property tax, you must own something.

    What kind of a tax is this???
    ---------------------
    Not unless you are one of the walking dead, you do own a life. Take responsibility for it.
    If you want to go to a public hospital, then you need to have some form of guaranteed payment, like health insurance.

    June 28, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. John the Historian

    Romney will go to down to defeat after the Supreme Court ruling. Romney is only the one percent. Does Willard have a house on the planet kolob the mormon cult heaven ?

    June 28, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    I'll wait to see what the polls say after the 1st debate when Willard is finally EXPOSED to the American people and believe me, they won't like what they see even though "it" wears expensive suits.

    June 28, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    This law is needed in USA. Dire need of America!!! I am glad it is passed.

    June 28, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    Rudy NYC - If you want to go to a public hospital, then you need to have some form of guaranteed payment, like health insurance.
    =========================================================================================
    What if you just want to stand on the street corner and breath??? Oh yeah, you are forced to buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty, formerly known as a mandate. Can we agree to call this the Breath Tax???

    June 28, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. John the Historian

    Now will the Romney Mormon cult Jesus Christ give Romney 70 virgin wifes even when he loses in November ?

    June 28, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Revelator

    Can we expect martial law in the streets of some cities after 2012 November elections.

    June 28, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Patriot Awesome

    Obama's lead is going to get larger once the debates start. So far Romney's only been debating lunatics and idiots. He's flip flopped and pandered himself into a corner and once the moderators and Obama starts calling him out on his lies, he's going to go down hard.

    June 28, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. mrdeshon

    Yes! Thank you Pres. Obama. Despite the naysayers who spitefully opposed you @ every turn,you & fellow Dems forged ahead& gave us a life saving gift.People like me who work everyday fulltime & still cant afford healthcare are finally able to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless us ALL!

    June 28, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy said:

    "If you want to go to a public hospital, then you need to have some form of guaranteed payment, like health insurance."
    --------
    OK, Rudy... since that's your cliche du jour, does this mean that illegal aliens now get turned away at the hospital?

    June 28, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    If you wish to particpate in public life, doing things like going to public hospitals, then you need health insurance.
    If you do not wish to participate in public life, and want to home school your kids in an underground bunker, then you don't need to buy any health insurance. You have a choice. You can be a part of society, or you can go make your own rules and live on Walton Mountain.

    June 28, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    OK, Rudy... since that's your cliche du jour, does this mean that illegal aliens now get turned away at the hospital?
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    Don't ask nonsense questions? Unless it is a life and death emergency, then they should get turned away...and reported. You know how I feel about that topic. Did you forget?

    June 28, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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