President Obama leads Ohio by 4 points, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. Obama gets 51 percent to Republican candidate Mitt Romney's 47 percent, an improvement for the president from his 49 percent to Romney's 48 percent advantage in PPP's Ohio poll last weekend. From PPP's analysis:
It's starting to look like Obama might have turned the corner with his wins in the second and third debates. When asked who they think won the debates as a whole Obama wins out 45/43, suggesting he really fixed his problems from the first debate with the second two. Obama's approval is on positive ground at 51/48, while Romney's favorability is in negative territory at 47/51. Ohioans trust Obama over Romney on both the economy (52/46) and foreign policy (54/44).
Obama's built up a big lead among early voters in the state. 36% say they've already cast their ballots and they report having voted for Obama by a 63/36 margin. Romney's up 53/45 with those yet to vote.
The main shift from a week ago is Democrats further unifying around Obama as the election nears. Last week he led 86/14 with them in the state and now he's pushed that up further to 88/10. Romney continues to lead with independents, 50/46, but that's down a tick from 49/42 last week.
The new poll pushes Obama only one-tenth of a percent away from 50 percent in the PollTracker Average of Ohio.