Poll watch: Obama up nationally, in Iowa and in Ohio

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A round-up of the latest polling data:

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney has grown to seven points, 49% to 42%, “due to increased support from independent voters and more optimism about the U.S. economy.”

Meanwhile, a new Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa finds Obama leading Romney by 10 points, 51% to 41%, matching his 2008 margin of victory in the state.

Key finding: “The reason for Obama’s enhanced standing in the state is pretty simple- over the last six months he’s become more popular and Romney’s become less popular.”

And a new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney in a general election match up by seven points, 50% to 43%.

Key finding: “Ohio voters don’t love Obama. They’re evenly split with 48% approving and 48% disapproving of him, although that is an improvement from the negative numbers he’s posted during most of his time in office. Obama’s lead in the state may be driven more by the fact that Ohioans just don’t much care for Mitt Romney. 37% have a favorable opinion of him to 53% with a negative one.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.