SurveyUSA Ohio Poll: Obama Just Below 50 Percent, Up By 5

President Barack Obama falls just short of 50 percent and leads Mitt Romney by 5 points among likely Ohio voters, according to the latest poll from SurveyUSA released Monday.

The poll, conducted on behalf of WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, shows 49 percent of likely Buckeye State voters supporting Obama. Romney trails with the support of 44 percent of voters in the state.

The results amount to a modest bump for the president in a state where he has led consistently throughout the campaign. In SurveyUSA’s Ohio poll last week, Obama’s lead was 3 points.

SurveyUSA’s latest poll was conducted Nov. 1-4 using a mix of automated interviews and questionnaires on smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices with 803 likely Ohio voters. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

The PollTracker Average tracks Obama’s upward trend to reach the 50 percent threshold in Ohio, which is leaning toward the president on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.



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