President Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 5 points in the swing state of Colorado, 50 percent to Romney's 45 percent among likely voters, according to a new poll from Marist College and commissioned by NBC News.
The major difference between the candidates is favorability -- Obama is viewed favorably by 51 percent of likely voters to 45 percent who see him unfavorably, while Romney straddled with a negative 43 percent favorable/50 percent unfavorable split. That's the continutation of a trend -- Romney has lagged on the metric throughout the campaign while Obama has maintained a positive personal rating.
“Obama and Romney are fighting to a draw on who is better for the economy,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion said in a press relesase. The president has been behind Romney on who's better to handle the economy for most of the election, although has moved ahead nationally as well. “Obama has a sizeable lead on handling foreign affairs at a time when voters’ concerns are also directed at developments overseas.”
The PollTracker Average of all public polling in Colorado shows a 1.7 percent lead for the president.