Republican Mitt Romney appears to be closing the gap in Pennsylvania on Democratic President Barack Obama in the 2012 race for the White House, according to a poll of likely voters released early this morning.
Mr. Obama holds a 50-46 percent lead over Mr. Romney in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, significantly closer than the 54-42 percent lead by Mr. Obama in a Sept. 26 survey of voters in the Keystone State.
Only seven percent of Pennsylvania likely voters say they might change their mind in the next 21 days leading to the election.
Men support Mr. Romney by 54-43 percent, but women back Mr. Obama, 57-39 percent. White voters back Mr. Romney, 53-43 percent, while black voters support Mr. Obama, 97-1 percent. White Catholic voters support Mr. Romney, 56-43 percent. Voters with college degrees support Mr. Obama, 54-43 percent, while voters without degrees support Mr. Obama by a close 49-47 percent.
The poll also indicates U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. has a slight edge over businessman Tom Smith, his Republican challenger, 48-45 percent. Men back Mr. Smith, 53-42 percent, while women back Mr. Casey, 53-38 percent. Independent voters are divided, 44-44 percent.
Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the job Gov. Tom Corbett is doing by 42-38 percent, a much closer margin than the 47-36 percent disapproval Sept. 26.
From Friday through Sunday, Quinnipiac University polled 1,519 likely Pennsylvania voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.