Poll: Obama leads Romney in N.J.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that President Barack Obama leads Gov. Mitt Romney 51 – 43 percent among New Jersey likely voters.

This compares to a 51 – 44 percent Obama lead in a Sept. 6 survey.

Women back the president 55 – 39 percent, while men are divided with 48 percent for the Democrat and 47 percent for the Republican.  Independent voters back Romney 51 – 42 percent.

The poll showed that 8 percent of likely voters, including 9 percent of Obama backers and 7 percent of Romney supporters, say they might change their mind in the next three weeks.

New Jersey voters approve 51 – 45 percent of the job the president is doing and give him a 54 – 40 percent favorability rating.

“It’s still a blue state and the color didn’t fade after the first presidential debate,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “President Barack Obama’s lead among likely voters is still in the single digits.  Not overwhelming, but it’s enough and doesn’t seem to be changing.”

  Poll: Obama leads Romney in N.J.