The New Jersey governor may have appeared at the GOP convention last night, but a poll from his state shows Obama with a strong lead. Meanwhile, the Missouri and Connecticut Senate races are worth keeping an eye on, and despite registration success for Democrats in Nevada, the race is tight. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Findings: Obama has 14 point lead in New Jersey among likely voters: 51 percent to 37 percent.
Methodology: Telephone poll of 916 New Jersey registered voters — among whom 710 were were likely voters — August 23 through 25 with a sampling error for likely voters of +/-3.5 percentage points.
Why it matters: This is pretty unsurprising. Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who gave the keynote at the Republican National Convention last night, said this morning, that Romney couldn't win in the state BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray reported. According to poll director David Redlawsk Obama has the upper hand based on how they perceive him personally: "Voters like him better and feel he shares their values and cares about them. While Romney keeps it closer on the hard issue of the economy, and wins easily on leadership, voters generally prefer to support someone they like over someone they don’t."
Caveat: We should point out that the poll was taken before Christie's speech at the convention. Though, to be fair, Christie didn't really talk about Romney as much as himself, and is not optimistic about a Republican future for the state in this election.