President Obama leads in Ohio, according to a new poll from Democraic firm Lake Research Partners. Obama gets 46 percent to Republican candidate Mitt Romney's 44 percent. From the firm's analysis:
Not only is Obama ahead on the ballot, but he is noticeably more popular than Romney. A 52% majority of Ohio voters has a favorable opinion of Obama (44% unfavorable), while Romney's image is upsidedown in the state (47% favorable, 49% unfavorable).
Gender plays an important role in the candidates’ image ratings, as well. Fully 56% of women have a favorable impression of Obama (39% unfavorable), while their impressions of Romney are solidly negative (42% favorable — 53% unfavorable).
Men are more positive than women on Romney (51% favorable and 44% unfavorable), though not dramatically so, and they are split in their opinions of Obama (48% favorable and 49% unfavorable).