President Obama holds "a significant lead" over Republican Mitt Romney, said a Research Center poll released Thursday. The national survey by the independent polling operation, completed July 9, showed Obama outpacing Romney by 50 to 43 percent. That's a more substantial gap than most recent surveys have registered.
The economy: When it comes to fixing the economy, "Romney has not seized the advantage," Pew concluded. "In fact, he has lost ground on this issue over the past month." Voters were asked which candidate was best suited to fix the U.S. economy, and by a six-point margin they favored Obama over Romney, 48 percent to 42 percent. That's a turnaround from June, when Romney held the advantage by eight points, 49 percent to 41 percent.
Battleground states: In the 12 states considered most competitive at this point, the president holds a seven percentage-point edge, 51 to 44, the Pew survey found. It was on track with results from a Wall Street Journal survey last month.
Young voters: Obama has a 24 percentage point lead, but that's down from 34 points in the 2008 election.
Independents: 46 percent favor Romney and 45 percent supporting Obama, a statistical tie.
Working white-class voters: White voters with less than a college degree favored Romney by 58 percent to 38 percent over the president.
College-educated whites: The group split: 50 percent Obama, 47 percent Romney.
About the poll: The latest survey, like most polling at this stage of the campaign, did not attempt to narrow the contest down to likely voters. Obama's lead, Pew found, stemmed from the fact that more voters currently identify themselves as Democrats than Republicans, and that virtually identical proportions of each say they will back their party's nominee. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.
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