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.
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.