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Obama, Romney Neck-and-Neck in Ohio Poll

Obama, Romney Neck-and-Neck in Ohio Poll

By Kyle Adams - May 10, 2012


President Barack Obama leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by one point in the key battleground state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Obama has 45 percent support among registered voters while Romney has 44 percent. Romney leads the president by four points, 43 percent to 39 percent, among independent voters and by 10 points among male voters. However, Obama leads by 11 points, 49 percent to 38 percent, among female voters.

If Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is on the ticket, Obama and Romney move into a tie at 45 percent, according to the poll.

Buckeye State voters are split in their opinion of both candidates. Forty-eight percent have a favorable view of the president while 47 percent have an unfavorable view. Among independents, however, Obama's favorability ratings are under water by 4 percent (45-49).

Meanwhile, 35 percent have a favorable view of Romney while 37 percent have an unfavorable view. Like Obama, he is under water among independents (31-35).

Obama leads Romney by 4.6 percent in the RCP Average in Ohio.

In the Senate race, incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown holds a six-point lead over his GOP opponent, state Treasurer Josh Mandel.

For this poll, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,069 registered voters in Ohio from May 2-7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. 

Kyle Adams can be reached at kadams@realclearpolitics.com.

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