New Polls show tight Presidential race

Liz Payne
CBS News

(CBS News) As the Vice-Presidential candidates prepare to debate tonight at Centre College in Kentucky, the race for the White House now seems to be neck-in-neck according to latest polls.

In Colorado, Governor Romney moved slightly ahead. He is benefiting from his strong debate performance last week. Voters gave him a 72 to 16 point margin on his performance.

"I need you to go out and find neighbors who voted for Obama and get them to join our team," said Romney.

Nineteen percent of voters in Colorado say they are less likely to vote for the President because of the debate, while twenty-six percent say they are more likely to vote for Mitt Romney.

Liz Payne of Denver responded to the CBS poll. She was leaning towards voting for Governor Romney before the debate, but now she is sold.

"The presidential debate definitely made me more likely to vote for Romney because of the confidence he instilled," said Payne. "I felt like he had better answers and definitely just really appeared much more presidential than president Obama did."

On the plus side for the President, 40 percent of Colorado voters believe their state's economy is improving.

Half of respondents say President Obama would be more helpful to the middle class.

In the race for Virginia's 13 electoral votes, the President is holding the lead.

Forty-nine percent of Virginia respondents believe the President has clearly explained his plans, compared to only thirty-four percent for Governor Romney.

That is why Arnold Grunderman of Springfield, Virginia is leaning towards the President but he does have reservations.

"I think he's done what he possibly can although he's been hamstrung by a Congress that refuses to compromise and pass legislation," said Grunderman. "But sometimes I think he hasn't been forceful enough."

This afternoon in Miami, the President said, "after running for more than a year, in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney is trying to convince you he was severely kidding."

Dishonesty has been a democratic line of attack against Romney.

On the question of dishonesty, 47 percent of those polled see Governor Romney as honest and trustworthy, while 59 percent think that of the President.

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    Dean Reynolds

    Dean Reynolds is a CBS News National Correspondent based in Chicago.