Obama: 47%, Romney: 45%

High GOP approval “rarely” seen in blue states, PPP says.

In 2008, 61 percent of Connecticut voters picked then-Sen. Barack Obama as president over Sen. John McCain (38 percent), but polls have the state almost split in half between President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as we look ahead to 2012. 

Romney’s approval rating is only 7 percent lower than Obama’s approval rating and that is something Public Policy Polling points out that is rarely seen outside of the red states.

A Public Policy Polling survey released on Friday shows that 47 percent of voters would pick Obama if the presidential race turned out to be against Romney, who got 45%. Rick Perry is the next closest, behind Obama by 12 points.

“Connecticut probably won’t be a swing state at the end of the day,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said. “But the fact that it’s even close there at this point is symbolic of his broader issues.”

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