President Obama continues to hold a lead among Wisconsin voters over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a pair of polls released Wednesday.
The president tops the former governor among likely voters in the Quinnipiac Poll, 51 percent to 45 percent. And a Marquette University Law School Poll, also of likely voters, found Obama ahead by 50 percent to 45 percent. The results seem to reflect what has been a fairly steady lead for Obama since the spring.
The Quinnipiac Poll also surveyed two other swing states, Virginia and Colorado. The president, according to the poll, held a 4-point lead in Virginia, and Romney had a 5-point lead in Colorado. All three states went to Obama in the 2008 election.
Quinnipiac conducted its poll between July 31 and Aug. 6, conducting 1,428 telephone interviews of likely voters by land line and cellphone between July 31 and Aug. 6. It reported a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
Marquette polled 1,400 registered voters by both land line and cellphone between Aug. 2 and 5. The results for the presidential matchup represent the views of 1,189 likely voters in the November election and carry a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac poll shows independent likely voters in Wisconsin are divided, with 48 percent for Obama and 47 percent for Romney. The biggest campaign issue for 47 percent of Wisconsin voters is the economy, while 24 percent list health care and 13 percent said the deficit.
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