President Obama leads in swing states Ohio and Florida [WaPo, 9/25]: "Among likely voters, Obama is ahead of [Mitt] Romney in Ohio 52 percent to 44 percent. In Florida, the president leads 51 percent to 47 percent, a numerical but not statistically significant edge."
Trending: More Americans say there's too much government regulation on business [Gallup, 9/24]: Since 2002 there has been an upward trend in the number of Americans who say there is too much government regulation on business. Today, 47 percent say there's too much. That's up from 28 percent 10 years ago. Twenty-six percent of Americans today say there's too little regulation.
Likely voters say Obama "understands" middle class [Rasmussen, 9/25]: "48% of Likely U.S. Voters think Obama better understands the issues of the middle class. Forty-two percent (42%) believe Romney has a better understanding of the middle class." This comes a day after a different poll showed Romney with a big lead among middle-class families.
Half of Americans say Obama, Romney have received fair news coverage [Pew, 9/25]: "Nearly half (46%) say the coverage of Romney has been fair, while among those who see a bias as many say the press has been too easy on the GOP nominee (20%) as too tough on him (21%). The same percentage (46%) says coverage of Obama has also been fair. However, nearly twice as many say press coverage of the president has been too easy (28%) than too tough (15%)."
The horse race [RCP average, 9/25]: An average of national polls shows Obama leading Romney 48.6 to 44.8 percent.