President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 points in Ohio poll

President Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 5 points in the swing state of Ohio, according to the latest Ohio Newspaper Poll, released late Saturday.

Obama is up, 51 percent to 46 percent, a month after the same survey showed him leading by only 3 points—within the poll’s margin of error.

The president’s 5-point edge overall is the same as his advantage on likely voters’ confidence in the candidates’ abilities to improve economic conditions in Ohio.

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Obama is winning despite claims by 77 percent of survey respondents that they are “worse off” or “in about the same shape” as they were four years ago. Beginning at the Republican National Convention last month, the Romney campaign has sought to make the “are you better off?” question a focal point of the election.

The poll, conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati, suggested neither candidate has much room for improvement. Only 2 percent of the 861 likely voters surveyed between Sept. 13 and 18 said they are undecided.

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