Although he claims the support of half of likely voters in the state, President Barack Obama holds a mere 3-point edge in Nevada over Mitt Romney, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Wednesday.
The survey shows Obama leading Romney in a head-to-head matchup, 50 percent to 47 percent. It’s the latest drop in the Silver State for Obama, who has seen a steady decline in support throughout PPP’s research there during the 2012 cycle. The president held a 6-point lead over Romney in PPP’s June survey of Nevada and an 8-point advantage in March. Obama’s lead in Wednesday’s poll is also a far cry from his nearly 13-point margin of victory over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) four years ago in Nevada.
“We consistently find Barack Obama leading in our Nevada polling but it’s by a much smaller margin than 2008,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP in the poll’s corresponding release. “It’s one of the states where he’s fallen the furthest.”