Polls: Dead heat in Colorado; Obama with slight advantage in Nevada
October 25th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
9 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. yasmine

    ummm... wasn't it yesterday that CNN Romney was leading in both of these states?

    October 25, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    With the momentum being enjoyed by Romney/ Ryan 2012, maybe CNN should consider making California a toss-up?
    I am actually surprised Jerry Brown hasn't blown it for the entire Democratic party here yet. But he's working on it!

    October 25, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. voluka

    There is no way to trust these polls, once they dodge from releasing the real stuff! ! Not scientific, to say the least! If one analises other surveys, it becomes clear Romny is ahead. Why pervert data? Does it change results? How about press credibility? Does it still count?

    October 25, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Colorado will go to the President because the majority of it's residents aren't like the "red states". It's not a state of under-educated bigots. Coloradans care about environmental issues and believe in a balanced approach to our energy future – not just oil, gas and coal. They also care about the rights of women, minorities, and will defend the middle class. They are smart enough to see Romney's promises for what they are... political B.S. He's promised everything but gives absolutely nothing to make the math work. He and Lyin' Ryan are pathological liars – as proved by every fact checker. Why would anybody trust him? Did you see his tax returns? Why not?

    October 25, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Cathie

    I don't believe liberal polls!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Annette

    Will someone report on Mr. Romney's record as Gov. This is how he would run our Country..

    October 25, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Jen

    Come on Colorado and Nevada, you know what's the right choice. Do you want someone who is for the middle class or someone who is for the rich. Do you want someone who is for women's choice or not for women's choice. i know who gets my vote.


    October 25, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Mitt is a total nonsense. 47% comment in closed doors is pathetic. This guy is for shipping jobs to CHINA. Bain-capital did and made money in SENSATA factory. Obama12.

    October 25, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. watson

    Obama won't win any true battle ground states...

    October 25, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. SurfNturf

    Romney is the way to go! Yeah!

    October 25, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. blackhawkmom

    My problem with polls is they are usually conducted by calling land line home phones. Doesn't that obviously eliminate a large group of people who no longer use land lines?

    October 25, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Jason P

    I don't know about any of you but how truthful are these polls?? It is all anyone can talk about and if you are Republican your candidate is winning all the polls and if you are Democrat than your candidate is winning all the polls. Regardless of your political party, we should be looking at the whole picture before we vote. Who do you trust more? Who do you think is really going to do a better job for you? In my mind I just don't see how anyone can say that Romney is going to do a better job when he is all over the place on his policies. In the primaries he says one thing so that Republican will vote for him to be the GOP candidate, now he is saying that he will do something different, just to get elected!! I just don't trust this guy and think about this. If Romney is elected he may pull us out of Afghanistan but he will put our troops into another war with Iran, and that should worry everyone!!! Look people open up your eyes, get out and vote, and know that Obama will continue to turn our country around! He was given this mess and let him prove that he can turn us around because he already is!!!

    October 25, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    LOL. OK. I get it. GOP girls can't tell the pollsters they are going to vote for Obama because their GOP men will smack them cross-eyed! Girls, just vote for Obama when you're behind the curtain and he'll make sure the violence against women act gets signed into law so that your abusive man will go to jail for beating up on you! Hang in there. Vote democrat across the board. Help is on the way!!!

    October 25, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. nina

    this is actually a comment on another article re the murdoch controversy.....i find it disgusting that two MALE republicans feel its okay to project their opinion about rape & abortion in a very distasteful ignorant manner and that all the republicans defending them are males....has it occurred to any one of these pple that their opinion is on this should not matter since if/when a man is raped...they obviously would not become pregnant so how dare these individuals even weigh in on what a women should do, considering they themselves would never be in that specific position....bearing a child as a result of a heinous violent crime. would they feel the same if the woman were their mother, sister, daughter, aunt, girlfriend, wife, grandmother????? probably not

    October 25, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. clarke

    I can only hope people use their heads and don't vote for Mitt. He will not give you what he says he will, If elected, you will see.

    October 25, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Alois

    Deadbeat obama is the most incompetent,arrogant,corrupt person ever installed in the W.H. The past 4 years are proof of that fact. Nothing anybody can say or do can change that.

    October 25, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    Minorities: Please don't let anyone intimidate you. You have the RIGHT to vote and should do so accordingly.

    The president will win Colorado and Nevada if YOU show up and vote. We must send these pigs a message that we will not be moved or stopped.

    Vote and feel good about doing so.

    Obama is the last hope for fairness, equality and justice for ALL.

    October 25, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Kumar

    election should count all American votes , instead of dividing by counties, that way candidates don't target specific groups and interests, rather fight for real issues and have real agenda

    October 25, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Bill Kolek

    ‎"Maybe God will have the last word in this presidential election. A massive storms is heading for the Northeast portion of our country. Power may be out for days or even weeks. Well past the election day. How the president handles this may determine if he remains president. Most of these states do not have early voting so many people may not be able to get to vote. God always wins!"

    October 25, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. troy

    Anybody else sick of POLLS...lets take a poll on that.

    October 25, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Penny Wright

    A message for women....

    Mitt Romney is for ending funding for Planned Parenthood...including cancer screenings.

    He said he would overturn Roe v Wade.

    We have Republicans trying to redefine rape....trying to force women to get invasive ultrasounds.

    If you think this election won't effect you and your life, think again.

    Vote for Barack Obama.

    October 25, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. palma06

    I feel people are rethinking their social agendas and who they wanted to be elected,
    vs who they think can work better with Congress to get things done, and who can lead their country out
    of our dismal economy.

    We can always campaign and continue to work for social changes. But Presidential Elections are only every 4 years.

    Also, after the election, Presidents have tendencies to back off controversial agendas that are unpopular. They stick to the nuts & bolts and let social legislation come to them.

    October 25, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. nclee


    October 25, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. bengalskuta82

    Go Mit! Beat Obama

    October 25, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. pennsylvania sage

    During the Vietnam War, my brother went to... Vietnam. He served 18 months total there . Mitt Romney got four deferments and went to... Paris. Yet he has the nerve to give speeches among veterans.
    Fake. Liar.
    My brother still suffers from the 40 bits of metal that went into his shoulder. Romney, child of privilege, not so much.

    October 25, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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