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This New England College poll found Obama up just 3 last week and now it's +5 on the strength of a 10-point lead with independents.  

Here's their analysis:

In the race for President, among 1017 respondents, 49.5% said they would vote for President Barack Obama, 44.4% said they would vote for Mitt Romney, 2.4% indicated they would vote for another candidate and 3.7% said they were not sure.  The margin of error is 3.7%.  The President gained slightly from last week’s NEC poll and Mr. Romney dropped a point, as the number of undecided voters begins to decline.

“The gender gap exists with President Obama maintaining a strong lead among women; while men have a more competitive split between the two candidates,” explains Dr. Ben Tafoya, director of the Polling Center in NEC’s Center for Civic Engagement.  “If Governor Romney is going to close the gap on the President he will need to perform significantly better among women.”

The President has strong support from Democrats leads among Independents; while Governor Romney has strong support among Republicans.  Mr. Obama holds 95% percent support among Democrats; Mr. Romney holds 89% support among Republicans.  In the race for Independent voters in New Hampshire, the President has a 49%-39% edge.



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