UPI-CVoter said Obama held a marginal advantage, within the margin of error, over Reublican challenger Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa and New Hampshire. Romney held leads over Obama in Florida, Ohio North Carolina and Indiana.
In Virginia, an earlier UPI poll indicated voters supported Romney 50 percent to 48 percent for Obama, but when voters were asked about who they thought would would carry their state, they indicated they thought Obama would by a 43 percent-to-40 percent margin, the latest survey indicated
The perception flipped in Romney's favor in New Hampshire. The two candidates are tied there at 49 percent each, but 61 percent of voters said they believed Romney would carry the state while 29 percent said they thought Obama would.
"The people's perception is an indicator of the success of the campaigns in creating a favorable impression for their candidate," UPI-CVoter pollster Yashwant Deshmukh said. "The actual poll numbers are important because they can be sobering."
Results are based on telephone interviews with 3,065 adults who said they would likely vote Election Day in the identified battleground states Oct. 10-24. The margin of error is 4.5 percent.