Poll: Obama Crosses 50 Percent, Opens Up 5-Point Lead In Virginia

President Barack Obama’s lead in Virginia has extended to 5 points, according to the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released on Thursday.

Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely Commonwealth voters 51 percent to 46 percent — a jump from PPP’s survey of Virginia a week ago, which showed the president nursing a 2-point lead. More than half of Virginia voters, 51 percent, have a favorable opinion of Obama compared. Conversely, the same percentage has an unfavorable view of Romney.

The poll also shows a pronounced gender gap in Virginia. Obama leads by 16 points among women voters in the state, while Romneyholds a 5-point edge among men.  Thursday’s poll was conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, a group founded to promote the Affordable Care Act.  

The president’s lead in Virginia is now a little more than 2 points, according to the PollTracker average, which places the battleground in the “leans Obama” column on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.