Obama leads Romney in three key swing states
Nine in 10 Romney voters say their mind is made up. Supporters of Mr. Obama are slightly more likely to say they could change their mind.
Mr. Obama's favorable rating is 50 percent or slightly higher in all three states. Romney's favorable rating, meanwhile, hovers around 40 percent. In all three states the president's favorable rating is higher than his unfavorable rating, while Romney's unfavorable rating is higher than his favorable rating. Meantime, Mr. Obama's job approval is split in all three states: in Florida and Ohio, 48 percent approve of the job he's doing, 48 percent disapprove; in Pennsylvania, 49 percent approve while 46 percent disapprove.
The president is seen as better to handle both national security and health care in all three states. Voters are split on who is best to handle the economy, which polls show is the issue most important to Americans.
One issue that's dogged Romney is the release of his tax returns. He's insisted the two years he's released (one only an estimate at this point) is plenty, but a majority of voters in all three states disagree with him. Just over 50 percent in each state say a candidate should release several years of tax returns while just under 20 percent in all three say one or two years of returns will suffice. Around one in four say candidates should not release returns at all.
This poll was conducted by telephone from Quinnipiac University's interviewing facility July 24-30, 2012. The number of likely voters interviewed in each state is 1,177 in Florida, 1,193 in Ohio and 1,168 in Pennsylvania. In all three states, phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the sample in each state could be plus or minus three percentage points in Florida, Ohio and in Pennsylvania. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
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