Another Ohio Poll Gives Obama a Big Lead
Via the Columbus Dispatch:
A new Dispatch Poll shows him trailing President Barack Obama in bellwether Ohio by 9 points, 51 percent to 42 percent.
A surge of Democratic support for Obama has transformed the race since the first Dispatch Poll had the two dead-even at 45 percent just before the Republican National Convention in late August.
The survey is the fifth major poll — from The Washington Post to Fox News — of Ohio voters in a week to show the president ahead by 5 to 10 points.
Also in regards to the Dispatch poll:
The president is ahead among independent voters by 3 points and is attracting slightly more GOP support than Romney is getting from Democrats.
Five percent of Ohio voters said they remain undecided, while the other five candidates on the ballot (who were not included in the first Dispatch Poll) are dividing 3percent.
Obama is strongly benefitting from Democrats who have come home since the political conventions and the revelation of Romney’s secretly recorded remarks dismissing 47 percent of Americans.
The Dispatch poll is mail-based, which I must confess I find less trustworthy that phone-based polling:
The mail poll of 1,662 randomly selected likely Ohio voters Sept. 19 through yesterday has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
Still, it does fit the general trend we are seeing with the other polling in the state.