Inside the polls: Obama's slim lead comes from women, citiesSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 22:10
By Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
updated 7:34 PM EDT, Thu November 1, 2012
Washington (CNN) -- Five days before the presidential election, polls in some crucial battleground states suggest two things: The race is close, and President Barack Obama appears to have a very slight "inside the sampling error" edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The president on Thursday ended a three-state swing with a rally in Colorado. A few hours earlier, a CNN/ORC International Poll indicated that 50% of likely Colorado voters support Obama, with 48% backing the former Massachusetts governor. The president's 2-point margin is well within the survey's sampling error.
Tight race in Rocky Mountain battleground
The poll's Thursday release also came on the same day that Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, headlined a rally in Greeley, Colorado. The top-line results of the CNN survey are very similar to an American Research Group poll conducted this past weekend that had Romney at 48% and Obama at 47%, and an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll conducted last week that suggested the race was tied at 48%.