Quinnipiac: Romney Makes Small Gains in CO and WI

Swing States (photo: julia t gualtier / flickr)

There’s a slew of new swing state polling out today. In addition the the Marist polls, there’s also a new set of CBS News/NYT/Quinnipiac polls. From Quinnipiac:

COLORADO: Romney 48 – Obama 47, compared to Obama 48 – Romney 47 Sept. 19
VIRGINIA: Obama 51 – Romney 46, compared to Obama 50 – Romney 46
WISCONSIN: Obama 50 – Romney 47, compared to Obama 51 – Romney 45

Likely voters in Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin say 4-1 that President Barack Obama lost the presidential debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, but the impact is too small to measure, with too-close- to-call races in Colorado and Wisconsin, and Obama holding his lead in Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State poll released today.

Romney would do a better job on the economy, Colorado voters say 52 – 44 percent, while Virginia voters are split 48 – 48 percent and Wisconsin voters split 49- 47 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll does differ sharply with the Marist poll on the state of the race in Virginia. Marist has Romney with a single point lead, while Quinnipiac has Obama winning the state by a solid margin.

Despite this one disagreement, when taken together most of the swing state polling out today paints a very consistent picture. Romney crushed Obama in the first debate. As a result of winning the debate many voters’ opinions of Romney improved and it has helped Romney make some gains. The improvement for Romney, though, has not been enough to fully close the gap with President Obama. Obama’s still technically leads in enough swing states to get over 270 votes. Romney is much better off than he was a week ago, but is still the underdog.

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