A Rasmussen poll released Thursday said President Obama has an 8 percentage-point lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney, the same advantage the president held in a Public Policy poll held last  month.

On Aug. 21, Rasmussen asked 500 likely voters in Connecticut, “If the election were held today, would you vote for Republican Mitt Romney or Democrat Barack Obama?”

Obama won 51 percent of the respondents’ support, while Romney picked up 43 percent; 3 percent preferred some other candidate, and another 3 percent said they were undecided.

It’s doubtful Obama would lose Connecticut this fall, but the Rasmussen and Public Policy polls show that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is more popular in Connecticut than the Republican who ran against Obama in 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain. Obama won Connecticut by 23 points over McCain.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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