President Obama has stretched out a 4-point lead in the crucial battleground of Ohio, Public Policy Polling (PPP) said Sunday.
Obama leads Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 among likely voters, the Democratic-leaning pollster said.
PPP had found Obama with a 1-point edge last week, but said the president had consolidated his support among Democrats and narrowed Romney’s lead among independents.
The PPP poll also comes the same day that a poll from a consortium of Ohio newspapers found the president and Romney locked in a tie, at 49 percent apiece. Suffolk and Rasmussen also found the race tied in recent days.
But other polls, from Time and CNN, show Obama ahead, with a lead similar to what PPP found.
According to PPP, likely voters are roughly split in their opinions on both Obama and Romney, with 51 percent of voters approving of the president and 47 percent having a positive view of the former Massachusetts governor.
Obama also held a lead among those who said they had already cast their vote, and had the trust of more voters on both the economy and foreign affairs.
Romney, meanwhile, held a 50 percent to 46 edge among independent voters.
Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanVA to ban large-scale display of Confederate flag in cemeteries Trump aide accused Catholics of backing immigration to boost church GOP is calling for IPAB repeal for the wrong reasons MORE (R-Wis.), has been barnstorming across Ohio throughout the weekend. Romney himself joined up with Ryan on Sunday, after Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of scheduled events in another key swing state, Virginia.
Obama had been scheduled to campaign in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. But the storm has forced Obama to bow out of the event, though Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe ties that bind Turkish president to demand Biden extradite alleged coup plotter The Trail 2016: Trump works to widen his appeal MORE and former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonUSA Today: Close down Clinton Foundation Pay for play is the Clinton way Trump, GOP see gold in Clinton Foundation attacks MORE are still expected to appear.
The PPP poll also found Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownLame duck TPP vote could be disastrous for Dems—and America The Trail 2016: Her big night Kaine as Clinton's VP pick sells out progressive wing of party MORE (D-Ohio) opening up a 53-42 lead over his challenger, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, as he seeks a second term.
PPP, which uses automated telephone calls, surveyed 718 likely voters in Ohio from Friday to Sunday. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percent.