The third in a set of NBC/Marist state polls today shows Barack Obama clinging to a 46%-44% lead over Mitt Romney in Nevada (pdf).
Inside the poll:
a. Obama's job approval is 46%-47%, which is the kind of milquetoast number he's sporting in many battlegrounds.
b. Favs tied up.
Obama's favorability rating is 48%-46%, while Romney's is 44%/41%.
c. The economy.
Mitt and Barack are tied at 44%, which is pretty strong for Obama, considering the state's rough four years.
On the other hand, the unemployment has been falling from its Shawn Bradley-like heights, and the president might be getting some credit for that.
d. Social issues.
Obama holds a sizable, 50%-40% lead, as might befit the state's libertine streak.
e. Foreign policy.
Once again, an area of strength for the POTUS, as he leads Romney, 50%-40%.
f. National debt.
As usual, Romney leads on this one, 50%-39%.
Obama is up, 49%-40%.
UPSHOT: So... NBC/Marist released three polls on states Obama won in 2008 -- Nevada, Colorado, and Iowa.
Romney is awfully competitive in all three.
Josh Kraushaar notes:
The SW battlegrounds considered Obama's most solid region. NBC/Marist polls show he's as vulnerable there as in OH/FL