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Poll shows Romney leading Obama in rural areas of swing states

Republican Mitt Romney holds a 14 percentage point lead over President Barack Obama among rural voters in nine swing states, according to a National Rural Assembly poll released today in the Daily Yonder.

“Romney is leading Obama by margins comparable to President George W. Bush’s lead over John Kerry at a similar time in the 2004 campaign,” Daily Yonder reported. “Without Romney’s strong standing among rural voters in these swing states, his campaign would be in deep trouble.”

The poll conducted September 15 to 18 found that 54 percent of rural voters in the swing states favored Romney, and 40 percent said they would vote for Obama, the report stated. “Four years ago in the November election, these same voters barely favored Republican John McCain over Obama, 50 percent to 46.7 percent,” the report said.

The poll questioned voters living in non-metropolitan counties in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The survey was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a firm that works for Democratic candidates. Glen Bolger, a partner with Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican firm, helped devise and interpret the poll. The poll was commissioned by the National Rural Assembly and the Center for Rural Strategies and it was paid for by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Daily Yonder – September 23, 2012 – Romney Up By 14 in Rural Swing States
Center for Rural Strategies Frequency Questionnaire – September 15-18, 2012 — 600 Likely Voters in Swing State Rural Counties