Supporters wait to hear U.S. President Barack Obama speak at a campaign rally at Elm Street Middle School in Nashua, New Hampshire October 27, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)
The latest swing state poll to come out of New Hampshire revealed that President Barack Obama leads Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among both likely and registered voters. The poll, conducted by NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Marist College, also found that support for the Democratic ticket has declined since September.
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According to the new poll, which was released on Thursday, Obama leads Romney by two points among likely voters in October, 49 percent to 47 percent. This marks a two points drop for Obama since September and a three point jump for Romney.
Among registered voters, Obama continues to lead Romney, although by a much smaller gap, 49 percent to 46 percent. In September the Democratic incumbent held an eight-point lead against his GOP challenger, 51 percent to 43 percent.
Obama has held a slight lead over Romney in New Hampshire, the last three election polls reveal. RealClearPolitics places the president at an average 1.3-point lead against Romney in that state. New Hampshire has voted blue in the past two elections, giving Obama a 9.6-point win in 2008 and John Kerry a 1.3-point win in 2004, according to RealClearPolitics.
Thursday's poll also revealed that most registered voters in New Hampshire, 85 percent, plan to vote on Election Day and that 10 percent has already voted or plans to either vote early or submit an absentee ballot. Five percent of New Hampshire voters have not yet decided how they will vote, a drop from 10 percent recorded in September.
The poll, which also tracked likely and registered voters approval and disapproval ratings of President Obama, found that New Hampshire likely voters were equally divided in their approval and disapproval of Obama, 48 percent to 48 percent. Among registered voters, approval of Obama was slightly higher than his disapproval rating, 48 percent to 47 percent.
With just a couple of days left until the election and the margin between the two candidates being so narrow, it is unclear how the election will go next week. According to the latest electoral votes predictions by Latinos Post, New Hampshire is firmly a tossup state.