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A new poll out this morning has President Obama up by three points in New Hampshire. The poll, commissioned by USAction and conducted by Lake Research Partners, found Obama leading Romney 48-45 with 7 percent undecided. The survey was in the field Friday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 22.

More about the poll below the fold, including some interesting gender gap information and Pollster Celinda Lake's take on it.

The poll found that in New Hampshire, a large gender gap is driving the numbers. Women prefer Obama over Romney 52 percent to 43 percent, while men prefer Romney 47 percent to 43 percent. Celinda Lake's money quote:

“Women liked Romney on the first date, but not the second date and not the third.”

In preparation for the post-election fights to come, USAction also asked voters about a range of issues, including Medicare, Social Security, job outsourcing and job creation through infrastructure projects.

Here’s what the poll found:

57 percent oppose privatizing Medicare, with 21 percent in favor. 20 percent are undecided.

89 percent oppose cutting Social Security benefits. Six percent favor, and 4 percent are undecided.

50 percent favor ending tax credits for businesses that ship jobs overseas. 40 percent are opposed and 9 percent are undecided.

81 percent favor creating jobs by investing in repair of roads, bridges and schools. 15 percent oppose and 4 percent are undecided.

You can see top lines for the poll here and read a memo summarizing the poll’s findings here. The poll surveyed 400 people and has a margin of error of 5 percent.

Another poll is hot off the presses today, this one out of Virginia. It was commissioned by the folks over at Americans United for Change and conducted by the Mellman Group. It shows Obama with a one point lead over Romney, 46-45 with 8 percent undecided. Margin of error: 3.5 percent.
 

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