Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has pulled into a virtual tie with President Obama in a dozen swing states, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
The president holds a slim lead, 47 percent to 45 percent, but the 2-point edge is within the survey’s margin of error.
In March, the last time the poll was conducted, Romney faced a 9-point deficit. At that stage of the GOP primary race, the former Massachusetts governor had not yet dispatched Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, both of whom are now out of the running.
Romney’s greatest advantage is his perceived ability to fortify the nation’s sluggish economy. Forty-six percent of respondents said they believe Romney would do a good job handling the economy; only 34 percent said the same of Obama.
But Romney continues to suffer from a sizeable likeability gap: 58 percent said they find the president likeable, while just 31 percent described Romney the same way.
Romney also must deal with an increasingly energized Democratic base, the poll indicated. After five straight battleground state polls showed Republicans to be more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting in November, Democrats surged to a double-digit lead. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats said they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, compared to 46 percent of Republicans.
The 12 states surveyed were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.