Poll: Obama Leading in Key Swing States
Romney trailing in Florida, Ohio, Virginia
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 4:31 AM CDT
Updated Sep 14, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
President Obama takes the stage to speak at a campaign event in Toledo earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama has a healthy lead in the three swing states most vital to victory, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist poll. Mitt Romney is trailing by five points in Florida and Virginia and by seven points in Ohio, the poll found. Victory for Mitt Romney will be near-impossible if he doesn't win at least two of those states, and the pool of undecided voters is now so small that to win, he is going to have to find a way to flip voters who now support Obama. "These numbers don't look like the numbers you would see in the middle of September," a pollster says. "These are the sort of numbers you see after the debates and just as you go into an election."

But the numbers weren't all negative for the Republican. He has a small lead among independent voters in Ohio and Virginia, and he is doing better with white voters than John McCain did in 2008. Nationwide, Obama is now leading Romney by seven points, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. The poll—taken after this week's attacks on US embassies—found that voters thought Obama had a better approach to the war on terrorism than Romney by a margin of 39% to 25%. Yet another poll, from Esquire and Yahoo News, found that 58% thought Obama would beat Romney in a fistfight, while 22% thought Mitt would prevail and 20% had no opinion.

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Sep 14, 2012 9:55 PM CDT
What a piece of crap! The reporting of this one poll (not others that show different results) is aimed solely at discouraging Conservatives in those swing states from voting since (according to this poll) Obama has an "insurmountable" lead. Such an obvious attempt to manipulate an election is disturbing. If this nonsense had been pulled by a conservative group instead of this liberal collaboration the outraged screams would be burning up the Libosphere. It is way too far out for any declarations such as this to be taken seriously (except by desperate Liberals). November 6th is getting closer and this shows Libs are very worried about the outcome. With good reason.
Sep 14, 2012 6:36 PM CDT
The only thing more asinine than a birther... is a birther willing to publicly voice how stupid he is.
Sep 14, 2012 5:14 PM CDT
Kansas is going after Obama and his true birthplace and it's not Hawaii. He was enrolled at Columbia University as Barry Soetoro FOREIGN STUDENT and that's why he CAN'T and WON'T show Romney his transcript. He could be dethroned in a matter of days because YOU HAVE to be a CITIZEN of the US to be PRESIDENT. Now you liberal complain about Romney not releasing tax information back beyond what is required. YOUR sitting president may be thrown in PRISON for his LIES about his birthplace. Kansas already knows something and other states will follow suit in the VERY NEAR future. Polls won't show Obama because he's going to be taken out of the picture because of his lies and deceit. I have a copy of HIS Columbia University student pass which plainly shows oBUMo mug shot registered as Barry Soetoro...FOREIGN STUDENT... NOW what say you about the POLLS???