Polls paint different pictures of Obama-Romney race in Colorado

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Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

DENVER – A day before President Barack Obama arrives in Colorado for a two-day campaign swing, two polls are out that paint two different pictures of the presidential race in this key battleground state.

Not surprisingly, the poll from left-leaning Public Policy Polling favors Obama; conversely, the survey from Republican pollster Scott Rasmussen presents a far more favorable situation for the GOP challenger, Mitt Romney.

The PPP survey shows Obama leading Romney 49-43 percent.

Rasmussen, meanwhile, shows the race deadlocked at 47 percent apiece.

In the PPP survey, Obama’s edge is almost unchanged from the firm’s June survey; however, there are a few encouraging signs for Romney.

Obama’s approval rating has slipped since June, when PPP’s survey showed that 49 percent of Colorado voters approved of his job as president compared with 48 percent who disapproved. Tuesday’s poll shows 47 percent approve of Obama’s job performance while 49 percent disapprove.

On the flip side, Romney’s favorability rating has improved. In June, 40 percent of Colorado voters had a favorable view of Romney, while 52 percent had an unfavorable view and 8 percent said they weren’t sure. In the new survey, 44 percent have a favorable view of Romney, compared with 51 who have an unfavorable view and only 5 percent who aren’t sure.

And a deeper reading of Rasmussen’s numbers shows that Colorado voters are pessimistic about the state of the nation’s economy — although not quite so much so as voters around the country.

Only 10 percent of Colorado voters rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, while 51 percent say it’s in poor shape. Thirty-four percent believe economic conditions in the nation are getting better, but 44 percent think they’re getting worse.