Presidential Polls 2012: Latest 'Swing States' Rasmussen Poll Gives Romney Big Lead Over Obama

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(Photo: REUTERS/Jim Young)U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign rally in Chesapeake, Virginia, October 17, 2012.

The latest Presidential polls of swing states in the 2012 election have revealed that Republican candidate Mitt Romney has a significant lead against President Barack Obama. According to the latest Rasmussen poll released Saturday, Romney now has a 6 percent lead across the 11 key swing states.

The Rasmussen poll presented combined results across the 11 key swing states which were won by President Obama in 2008, and which are thought to be the key states in deciding who will win the presidential election in 2012.

The poll revealed that Romney leads Obama across the 11 states by 51 percent to 45 percent among "likely voters."

Those 11 states in total hold 146 Electoral College votes, and include the states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

As well as the 51 percent for Romney and 45 percent for Obama, there were also 2 percent likely to vote for a third party candidate, and a further 2 percent were still undecided just over a week until election day.

Saturday's poll win for the Republican candidate, means that Romney has now led in the cumulative swing states poll for 10 consecutive days.

The 51 percent for Romney today is also the largest level of support in this poll so far recorded, and is 5 percentage points up from a month ago in September.

The poll is conducted on a rolling basis always taking into account the previous seven day period. That means for this latest poll almost all the surveys were conducted after Monday night's third and final presidential debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama.

According to Rasmussen Reports, a larger portion of the voters who were surveyed also believe that Romney was the overall winner of the debating season; with 49 percent saying Romney had won the debates, compared to just 41 percent for President Obama.