President Barack Obama has an 8-point (52 per cent to 44 per cent) lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in key swing-state Virginia, according to a new Washington Post poll out Tuesday. The new poll of the crucial state echoes the findings of a couple other recent polls from NBC/Marist and Public Policy Polling, both of which showed Obama with 5-point leads in Virginia. Although Obama’s convention “bounce” is fading in national polls, it appears to be sustained— at least for now — in swing-state polling.
Some key points from the Post poll:
- As we’ve seen in other recent polls, Obama has pulled ahead of Romney on the issue of who would best handle the economy. The president leads 47-45 among Virginia voters on this issue.
- Similarly, on the issue of “who best understands your problems,” voters chose Obama by an astounding 17-point margin.
- Obama’s approval rating on the economy jumped to 51 per cent. His overall approval rating stands at 53 per cent.
- On handling military spending, a crucial issue in Virginia, voters trust the president by a 6-point margin, 50-44.
- On “determining the future of Medicare,” Obama leads 52-39.
- On handling international affairs, Obama has an 11-point lead over Romney.
The Post poll oversamples Democrats by 7 percentage points. In 2008, Democrats in Virginia made up 6 per cent more of the electorate than Republicans.
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