New polls released Thursday (Oct. 18) charting voter probability in this year’s presidential election showed different stats that may confuse some, due to conflicting and often confusing data.  As election day inches closer, voter probability polls conducted across the nation become increasingly important.  For the novice voter, these polls serve as a heat gauge for who is to be the assumed winner, come election day. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal/ Marist College polls gave President Barack Obama the edge in two battleground states, Iowa and Wisconsin.  On the flip side, a new Gallup Daily tracking poll put Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a seven-point lead, nationwide.

Battleground states, also known as swing states, are seen as some of the most important due to their history of non-party specific voting, and more often than not, being the deciding factor in presidential elections.  With President Obama in clear control of swing states Iowa and Wisconsin some may see him as a sure winner.  But, with the Gallup poll giving Romney the edge nationwide, and President Obama feeling a slight backlash over his response to Libya being questioned in the last debate, its hard to see who the clear winner will be.

Nevertheless, voting polls change every week the campaign continues, and with the third and final presidential debate coming up on Monday (Oct. 22), it’s anyone’s game.


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