Poll shows Pres. Obama leading in swing states

(FOX19) - A new poll shows that President Barack Obama is leading Mitt Romney in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

According to a Quinnipiac/CBS News/New York Times poll released on Wednesday, Obama leads Romney 51 percent to 45 percent in Florida, 50 percent to 44 percent in Ohio and 53 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania.

No one has won the White House since 1960 without taking at least two of these states.

Support for President Obama's proposal to increase taxes on households making more than $250,000 per year is 58 to 37 percent in Florida, 60 to 37 percent in Ohio and 62 to 34 percent in Pennsylvania, the survey finds.

"If today were November 6, President Barack Obama would sweep the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania and – if history is any guide – into a second term in the Oval Office," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  "The president is running better in the key swing states than he is nationally.  Part of the reason may be that the unemployment rate in Ohio is well below the national average.  In Florida it has been dropping over the past year, while nationally that has not been the case."

In Ohio, women likely voters back Obama 58 to 37 percent, while men back Romney 52 to 42 percent.  Independent voters go 47 percent for Obama and 44 percent for Romney.

Among Obama voters, 60 percent strongly favor him while 31 percent like him with reservations and nine percent say their vote is against Romney.

Among Romney voters, 42 percent strongly favor him while 35 percent like him with reservations and 22 percent say they are voting against Obama.

Obama has a 51 to 45 percent favorability rating.  Romney gets a 40 percent favorable rating and a 43 percent unfavorable score.

The economy is the most important issue in the election for 48 percent of Ohio voters, with 20 percent who pick health care and 12 percent who cite the budget deficit.

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