A new poll shows that the presidential race has tightened considerably in key states for US President Barack Obama even though he is vividly ahead of his Republican opponent Mitt Romney in the battleground of Ohio.
According to the Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released on Thursday, Obama continues to enjoy a six-point advantage in Ohio with 50 percent compared to 44 percent for his rival.
However, he is up against a fierce competition in the southeastern state of Florida, where 49 percent say they would vote for him. The figure marks a lead of three points over his challenger that is believed to be within the survey's margin of error.
Romney, at 46 percent, garners more support among men (51 percent compared to 45 percent) and seniors (55 percent compared to 42 percent), a crucial voting group in Florida.
Obama holds a two-point lead in Wisconsin -- which is home of Romney's running mate congressman Paul Ryan -- over his opponent with 49 percent. Nonetheless, the number is considered to be within the margin of error.
While he can claim a nine-point advantage among women, Romney has a five-point edge among men and a large lead among white Catholics (58 percent to 38 percent).
The survey, carried out between August 15 and 21, reveals that Obama is seen as better at handling Medicare - a politically sensitive public health program for seniors - than his contender for the White House.