First poll since “47 percent” gaffe puts Obama up five in Colorado

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DENVER — The first poll conducted since Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks surfaced in a video on Monday shows President Barack Obama leading the GOP nominee in three swing states, including Colorado.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey released Thursday night shows Obama leading Romney among likely voters by a margin of 50-45 in Colorado.

Among a wider sample of voters, his lead is six points.

The survey of 971 Colorado voters was conducted over three days, from Sunday through Tuesday.

Romney’s videotaped comments from a private fundraiser in which he defined 47 percent of the country as people who are “dependent on government” and “don’t pay any taxes” went viral on Monday.

The survey has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

Perhaps most worrisome for the Romney campaign, is the president’s 11-point lead among Colorado independents, which make up the largest bloc of voters in this critical swing state.

Obama also has opened up a 48-45 lead on which candidate would better handle the economy.

“That’s the issue where Romney has to have a 10-point edge if he’s going to win this election,” political analyst Eric Sondermann told FOX31 Denver Thursday. “If he’s only up a couple points, or down for that matter, he’s not going to win.”