President Obama leads Republican candidate Mitt Romney by 11 points in Pennsylvania, 50 percent to Romney's 39 percent, in a new poll commissioned by the Philadelphia Inquierer. The personal ratings of both men tell the story -- Obama is viewed favorably by 56 percent of the 600 likely voters polled, while viewed unfavorably by only 40 percent. Romney is viewed favorably by 45 percent and unfavorably by 49. From the paper:
The president's current standing is largely built on his overwhelming backing in the Philadelphia television market, home to more than 40 percent of the state's voters. That offsets support for Romney in the more conservative Pittsburgh market and some other areas.
Statewide, Obama was ahead among all age groups, among both men and women, among those with college education and those without.
He was marginally ahead among white voters, 46-43, and overwhelmingly ahead among black voters, 93-3.
The president maintains a large lead in the PollTracker Average of all public polling.