Poll: In Big Dip From 2008, Obama Up Only 8 In Connecticut

President Barack Obama isn’t likely to duplicate his landslide 2008 victory in Connecticut this time around, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

The latest from Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Obama leading Mitt Romney by a comofortable margin in Connecticut, 51-43 percent, but that’s a far cry from the 22-point gap that separated the president from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) there four years ago.  In a continuation of a nationwide trend, PPP finds that Obama continues to struggle to win over white voters, even in a typically blue state located in the heart of New England. Romney claims a narrow edge among white voters in Connecticut, 48-46 percent.  

To be sure, Obama is still the clear favorite in the Nutmeg State, which Democrats have carried in the last five presidential election cycles.   Wednesday’s poll actually represents a decided improvement for Obama since PPP’s previous survey of Connecticut in September, when he led Romney by only 2-points.

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