Battleground Colorado: Obama up by 1

Ross Wallen November 5, 2012 0

USAction’s final battleground state poll has President Obama up by one in Colorado.

The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by USAction, shows Obama leading Gov. Mitt Romney 45 to 44 percent with 3 percent supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson. The poll was conducted Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 4 and reached 400 likely voters. The poll, which has a margin of error of 5 percent, included cell-phone-only households along with landline households and used professional interviewers.

Pollster Celinda Lake reports that Obama benefits from a gender gap not only in terms of who men and women intend to vote for but also in terms of each gender’s impression of the candidates.

“The five-point gender gap in the vote is rivaled only by the gender gap in the candidates’ images,” she said. “Both Obama and Romney have about evenly divided public images among men (Obama +0, Romney +2), but there is an 11-point gender gap in their images among women (Obama +10, Romney -1).”

The survey found Obama with a lead when it comes to favorability/unfavorability ratings. 52 percent of likely voters had a favorable impression of Obama, compared with 47 percent who had an unfavorable impression. 50 percent had a favorable impression of Romney, while 49 percent had an unfavorable impression.

Obama also had a lead in terms of intensity – 44 percent of likely voters called themselves “strong” Obama supporters while 41 percent said they are “strong” Romney supporters.

The Colorado is one of a series of battleground state polls USAction has released over the past 12 days. A link to the poll’s toplines can be found here.