President Obama leads Romney in battleground states

    It seems that President Barack Obama has the advantage in three key battleground states.

    Yahoo! News reports that findings from a recent Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll show that the president has at least a six-point lead in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    When asked who they would presently vote for if the election were held now, 51 percent of Florida residents would back Barack as compared to only 45 percent for Mitt. In Ohio 50 percent of people would vote for the president with Mitt trailing at 44 percent. The margin is much larger in Pennsylvania, where 53 percent of people polled would vote for President Obama. His opponent Mitt came away with 42 percent of the vote.

    President Obama’s proposal to increase taxes on households earning more than $250,000 a year has also garnered overwhelming support in those states. Florida favors the proposed increase 58 to 37 percent, while the breakdown is 60 to 37 percent in Ohio and 62 to 34 in Pennsylvania.

    "If today were Nov. 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 polling official Peter A. Brown. "The president is running better in the key swing states than he is nationally. 

    Peter credits that support to the fact that the unemployment situation in those states in particular is improving, if not better overall.

    He said, "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."

     

     

    —Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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