A new poll released Saturday shows President Barack Obama with a slight lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in swing states, including Ohio. No Republican presidential candidate has won election without carrying Ohio.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll of likely voters put Obama ahead of Romney in Ohio, 51 percent to 45 percent. The poll, taken Oct. 31-Nov. 1, found 52 percent of likely voters viewed Obama favorably and 45 percent viewed him unfavorably. Forty-eight percent viewed Romney unfavorably and 45 percent favorably, according to the poll, which had a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.
A Florida poll by the same organizations showed the state was a tossup, with Obama ahead 49 percent to 47 percent. That’s within that survey’s 2.5 percentage point margin of error.