Raleigh, N.C. – Barack Obama continues to be favored to win Nevada again in 2012, but his position there is a good deal weaker than it was in 2008. Obama leads Romney 48-42. That's down a touch from our last poll in late March when he was ahead 51-43. And it's down quite a bit from his 12 point margin of victory in the state in 2008.
Obama's struggles, at least compared to last time, in Nevada can be traced back to the state's economy. A 41% plurality of voters in the state think the economy has gotten worse since Obama took office to only 37% who think it's gotten better. Independents are more pessimstic than the electorate as a whole, with 44% of them feeling things have worsened to 33% who believe Obama has brought an improvement.