In a positive sign for President Barack Obama's re-election prospects, the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday showed the president leading his likely Republican challengers in the key swing states of Florida and Ohio.
The poll showed Obama with a 49 percent to 42 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Florida and a 47 percent to 41 percent lead over the former Massachusetts Governor in Ohio.
Obama also has a 45 percent to 42 percent lead over Romney in Pennsylvania, although the slim lead is within the poll's margin of error.
The president has even wider leads over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, with Obama leading Santorum by 50 percent to 37 percent in Florida, 47 percent to 40 percent in Ohio, and 48 percent to 41 percent in Pennsylvania.
Quinnipiac noted that no presidential candidate has won the White House since 1960 without carrying at least two of the three states.
"President Barack Obama is on a roll in the key swing states," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "If the election were today, he would carry at least two states. And if history repeats itself, that means he would be re- elected."
He added, "But the election is not today. It is seven months away. Two months ago President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney were in a statistical tie in Ohio and Florida."
Obama is benefiting from strong support among women, with female voters backing the president over Romney or Santorum by 6 to 19 percentage points in the three states.
Signs of improvement in the economy are also improving Obama's chances for re-election, with 57 percent of those surveyed saying that the economy is beginning to recover.
The surveys of 1,228 Florida voters, 1,246 Ohio voters, and 1,232 Pennsylvania voters were conducted from March 20th through 26th and have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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