US President Barack Obama speaks to supporters in the rain in July at Walkerton Tavern in Glen Allen, Virginia. (file photo)
A recent poll shows that the US Democratic President Barack Obama holds a clear lead over his Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, in the southeastern state of Virginia.
According to a new Washington Post
poll conducted by telephone between September 12 and 16 and a random sample of 1,104 Virginian adults, Obama leads his Republican rival 52 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.
Among all registered voters, he leads 50 percent to 43 percent, a margin identical to that recorded in a survey in early May.
Meanwhile, Obama is benefiting from more positive job-performance ratings in Virginia than any other state in the United States. A majority of voters - 53 percent - says they approve of how the US president is doing overall, and 51 percent give him positive scores for the economy management.
Virginia voters maintain that Obama has a better understanding of economic pressures that Americans are struggling against.
The Washington Post
poll further notes that Obama enjoys strong support among women. He leads among female voters 58 percent to 39 percent; men divide 50 percent for Romney and 44 percent for Obama.
Although Obama is doing better among women this year, he is running rather worse among men in comparison with 2008 exit polls.
Women’s issues have been heavily promoted by Obama’s presidential campaign across Virginia, and the US president holds a 22-point lead in the new survey on the question of who is more trusted on those issues.
More than $60 million has been spent on more than 11,000 advertisements in Virginia since the US presidential race turned into a two-man fight in April.
Obama and Romney, accompanied by their wives, have traveled to Virginia more than 40 times since June. The visits make Virginia the third-most-visited state by US presidential runners, behind Ohio and Florida.