President Obama holds a 5-point lead in the crucial swing state of Virginia, according to a new survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. Obama gets 51 percent to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's 46, as more Virginians approve of the job the president is doing than have a favorable view of Romney. The demographic groups broke down like this:
Obama has a slight advantage over Romney (49-47) in terms of who voters trust more on the economy and a wider (51-45) edge over Romney on foreign policy. Only 41% of voters say they approve of how Romney reacted to the situation in Libya this week while 48% express disapproval.
Obama's leading 56-42 with women, 91-7 with African Americans, 63-30 with other nonwhite voters, and 56-37 with young voters. Romney has a 51-45 advantage with men, a 57-40 one with whites, and a 54-43 lead with seniors. Romney is slightly ahead with independents, 47-45, but Obama's party is more unified with Democrats supporting him 95-4 while Republicans go for Romney by a slightly weaker 92-7 margin.
President Obama maintains a 1.6 percent lead in the PollTracker Average of presidential polling in Virginia.