The presidential race in Pa. is still close according to a poll commissioned by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Obama leads by just 2 points, a margin similar to that of an internal poll released by the Pa. Republican Party last week.
President Obama has 47 percent in Pennsylvania, Republican Mitt Romney has 45 percent.
The survey of 800 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 18 to 20 by Susquehanna Polling and Research, which is also a frequent pollster for Republican candidates and causes. The poll’s margin of error of 3.46 percent.
Other numbers of interest from the Trib’s poll:
- 51 percent of voters approve of Obama’s job performance.
- Romney leads Obama, 48 percent to 44 percent, on the question of who would create jobs to speed up the recovery.
- Ask who looks out for the interests of the middle class and Obama leads, 56 percent to 38 percent.
- Obama leads, 49 percent to 41 percent, among likely voters on the question of who would better defend the homeland.
- Voters who peg foreign affairs and international events as their top concern prefer Romney, 53 percent to 46 percent.
The Pa. GOP commissioned a statewide poll by SP&R last week. That survey from Sept. 15 to 17, also of 800 likely voters, showed the presidential race similarly close: 48 percent for Obama to 47 percent for Romney.
Not including today’s poll, Obama has a 9.5 percent advantage in Pa. according to the average compiled by Real Clear Politics (which also did not include the PAGOP’s numbers because that was an internal rather than public poll).
Republicans have pushed back in recent weeks against the conventional wisdom that Pa. is safely in Obama’s column. All campaigns and parties are off the air in Pa. and have been for a few weeks – though Obama’s campaign has been highly visible on national cable.