National polls are now consistently giving Gov. Mitt Romney an edge with just over two weeks left until Election Day, as two new surveys each show the GOP nominee with a narrow lead.
A Politico Battleground poll released today gives Romney a two-point margin, 49-47 percent – a three point swing from from a survey taken last week. From the piece:
Romney has not led in the poll since the beginning of May. Across the 10 states identified by POLITICO as competitive, Romney leads 50 to 48 percent.
Meanwhile, a Washington Times survey also has Obama ahead by two, 49-47 percent. The Times piece notes the news might be even worse for President Obama:
Just as striking, however, is that Mr. Obama’s air of inevitability is slipping, with 49 percent saying they expect him to win re-election — the first time that number has dropped below 50 since August. Another 38 percent say Mr. Romney will win. That 11-point gap is down from 22 points two weeks ago and down from 27 points in late September.
Mr. Romney’s backers are far more enthusiastic: 71 percent say they are backing him because he is the best candidate in the race. Among the president’s supporters, 56 percent say he has earned re-election. The rest say they are backing Mr. Obama because he is a Democrat or because he is the “lesser of two evils.”
There are also a couple of intriguing state polls out today.
A CBS News poll which had Obama ahead by ten points last month in Ohio now gives him a five point lead in the state, 50-45 percent.
But the CBS poll has been an outlier, and that it’s only five points suggests the race is probably even closer. A Democratic Public Policy Polling survey conducted over basically the same period as the CBS poll gives Obama only a one-point lead.
And Pennsylvania is suddenly in play. A poll released today by the Allentown Morning Call has Obama ahead only five points, 50-45 percent, in a state he was supposed to win fairly easily.
And Rasmussen has Obama ahead by four in Colorado, 50-46 percent.