The same poll found 45% of likely voters in Ohio consider themselves “conservative” and only 23% claim to “liberal” and yet they still show Obama up six.

( – An NBC-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll of likely Ohio voters published on Nov. 3 shows that 45 percent say they are conservative, 23 percent say they are liberal and Barack Obama is leading Mitt Romney by 6 points, 51 percent to 45 percent.

The poll said that in calculating that Obama is up 51 percent to 45 percent in Ohio it included what it called “leaners.” “Leaners,” the polls says, “are defined as voters who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.”

The NBC-WSJ-Marist poll of 971 likely voters, which had a margin of error of +/-3.1 points, also listed 3 percent of likely Ohio voters as “undecided” (and apparently not “leaning”) and 1 percent as intending to vote for someone other than Obama or Romney for president.

The likely voter pool in this survey included 38 percent who said they were Democrats, 29 percent who said they were Republicans, 32 percent who said they were Independents and 1 percent who said they had another affiliation.

Five percent of these likely voters described themselves as “very liberal” and 18 percent described themselves as “liberal” for a total of 23 percent liberal. Eleven percent described themselves as “very conservative” and 34 percent as “conservative” for a total of 45 percent conservative.

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