PPP's newest Colorado poll finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-45 in the state. That represents a three point improvement for Obama since Labor Day weekend when he had a 49-46 advantage.
The key for Obama in Colorado is that he's neutralizing or even holding a small lead with some of the groups he tends to struggle with. For instance he's actually slightly ahead, 49-48, with white voters and when you add his typical 65-29 lead with Hispanics to the mix it gives him his overall healthy lead. He's also leading 51-46 with men to go along with his usual advantage among women, 52-44 in this case. Romney does have a 52-45 lead with seniors but Obama more than offsets that with a 58-38 lead among voters under 45.
Since our last poll Obama has seen a 4 point improvement in his net approval rating, from slightly negative ground at 48/49 to slightly positive at 50/47. Romney's seen a small decline in his favorability numbers from 46/50 to 45/51.
Romney did not help himself with his '47%' comments earlier this week. 38% of voters said his sentiment made them less likely to vote for him, compared to only 27% who consider them a positive. Romney trails Obama 51-41 with independents and Obama is also benefiting from a more unified party with 91% of Democrats supporting him compared to 86% of Republicans who are behind Romney.
A couple of other notes from Colorado:
-Voters trust Obama over Romney both when it comes to the economy (49-46) and foreign policy (53-45).
-52% of voters in the state think Romney should release 12 years of his tax returns to 41% who think he should not.
Full results here