President Barack Obama is holding significant leads over Republican rival Mitt Romney in three key swing states in the 2012 race for the White House, according to a poll released Wednesday morning.
The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll of likely voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida shows the Democrat topping 50 percent in these important states.
No one has won the White House since 1960 without taking at least two of these states.
In Pennsylvania, Mr. Obama holds a 54-42 percent lead. His edge in Ohio is 53-43 percent and 53-44 percent in Florida.
The poll shows that voters in each state see Mr. Obama as better than Mr. Romney to handle the economy, health care, Medicare, national security, an international crisis and immigration. Mr. Romney ties or inches ahead of the president on handling the budget deficit.
"Gov. Mitt Romney had a bad week in the media and it shows in these key swing states," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The furor over his 47 percent remark almost certainly is a major factor in the roughly double-digit leads."
From Sept. 18 through Monday, Quinnipiac University surveyed by phone:
• 1,180 Pennsylvania likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.
• 1,196 Florida likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent;
• 1,162 Ohio likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.
First Published September 26, 2012 11:15 AM