PPP: Obama Leads By 2 In Virginia

President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 2 points in Virginia, according to a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Saturday.

The poll shows Obama edging Romney among likely voters in the Commonwealth 49 percent to 47 percent, a lead that falls within the survey’s margin of error of +/-4.4 percentage points. Obama has led Romney in each poll of Virginia conducted after the first debate on Oct. 3 in Denver. 

The president leads in Saturday’s poll despite a negative approval rating and a personal popularity that is weaker than Romney’s.  

Fifty-three percent of Virginia voters surveyed disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 45 percent who approve.  And 51 percent said they have an unfavorable view of Obama, while 48 percent view him favorably. Forty-nine percent have a favorable opinion of the Republican nominee, slightly more than the 47 percent who have an unfavorable impression. PPP conducted the survey on behalf of Health Care for America Now, a coalition founded to promote the Affordable Care Act.

The PollTracker Average shows Romney with a narrow lead in Virginia, which is currently in the toss-up column on the TPM Electoral Scoreboard.