Poll: Obama Holds Double Digit Lead In Pennsylvania

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) - A new survey indicates President Barack Obama with a 12-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania.

According to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll released Wednesday, 48% of registered voters in Pennsylvania say they back the president, with 36% saying they support Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Twelve percent were unsure.

Among independent voters, the survey indicates Obama with a 49%-27% lead over Romney.

"The president enjoys significant advantages over Romney in his personal popularity and most voters believe he is better prepared to handle the presidency even though they are ambivalent about some of his major policy initiatives," says the poll's release.

A Quinnipiac University survey conducted April 25-May 1 indicated Obama with a 47%-39% advantage over Romney in the Keystone State.

Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat's 2004 presidential nominee, narrowly captured Pennsylvania in his election loss that year to President George W. Bush. Obama carried the state by ten points in his 2008 presidential election victory. But Republicans stormed back in the 2010 midterm elections, capturing the governor's office, a Senate seat and five House seats from the Democrats.

CNN's electoral map currently describes the state as Lean Obama.

The Franklin and Marshall College Poll was conducted May 29-June 4, with 412 registered voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.

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