Three new national polls show President Barack Obama is taking the lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in two major battleground states.
The polls conducted by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Marist College show Obama taking a drastic lead in Ohio while also winning over Florida and Virginia. Virginia and Florida are two battleground states that are crucial to Romney’s campaign in winning the election.
All three surveys found that Obama had a one-point margin lead over Romney in Florida with 47 percent to 46 percent. Another poll conducted by Suffolk University also discovered the same favorable findings for Obama but with a three-point lead at 56 percent to 53 percent.
Within the past two weeks, over nine surveys have all reported that Obama continues to lead in percentage points over Romney. However, this week’s surveys prove a smaller margin with a 1 to 3 percentage point difference in comparison to the previous polls at 3 to 9 percentage points.
Polls in Virginia also show the same close race with Obama leading 48 percent to Romney’s 46 percent. A poll conducted by Roanoke College showed a much larger lead for the president with 47 percent to 39 percent. However, Roanoke’s survey included a large amount of undecided voters and was administered over a longer period of time in comparison to other surveys.
Ohio polls reported the president having an eight percentage point lead over Mitt Romney with 51 to 43 percent. The Ohio results proved to be much better than the previous poll conducted shortly after the Democratic National Convention.
Polls conducted by Columbus Dispatch showed Obama leading by four percentage points while voice-recorded polls administered by Public Policy Polling revealed a nine percentage point lead for the president.
The Huffington Posts’ Pollster Tracking Model shows no major shift in Obama’s leading position on the national level. In comparison to a week ago, the president is currently leading nationally by four percentage points.
Despite Obama’s lead, the polls are still very close. It may only take a small bump in Romney’s favor to heighten the competition.