President Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 9 points in a new poll of Pennsylvania from Muhlenburg College. Obama gets 50 percent of likely voters to Romney's 41, and Pennsylvanians approve of the job the president is doing by a 47 approve/44 disapprove split. Romney struggles on his personal rating in the state, with 40 percent of voters saying they have a positive view of him and 48 percent having a negative one. From the Morning Call:
While state Republicans have insisted that their internal polls show the race in the state much tighter, independent polls have consistently showed Obama with a solid lead for months and the Romney campaign is not spending any money on television in Pennsylvania. Neither candidate has visited Pennsylvania in more than a month.
"It’s pretty clear when you aggregate the polls that have been done so far that Obama is well positioned in the state. Combine that with the limited presence that Gov. Romney and PACs that support him have had in the state and it really does make the case that as of now it’s not in play in a way that it usually is," said Chris Borick, Muhlenberg pollster.
Obama maintains a double-digit lead in the PollTracker Average of Pennsylvania.