Obama leads Mitt Romney 48 percent to 40, according to the poll. That’s a larger lead than most other recent polls show for Obama, but not far from the Real Clear Politics average of polls, which shows Obama leading Romney by 5 in the Buckeye State.
While the overall economy continues to struggle — GDP growth slowed to an anemic 1.5 percent in June — Ohio has seen a significant drop in its unemployment rate, which now sits well below the national average of 8.2 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate has fallen 1.5 percentage points in the last year, to 7.3 percent.
By some estimates, Obama will need to win about half of the electoral votes supplied by the swing states of Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire if he is to secure a second term. The president won all of those states in 2008.
Ohio has the second most Electoral College votes at stake among those 12 battleground states.
The We Ask America poll of 1,115 likely voters was conducted on July 24 and has a 3 percent margin of error.