The campaign of Mitt Romney has been pounding relentlessly on the idea that President Barack Obama will raise taxes, hoping to sway voters in key swing states.
But a new poll released Wednesday by a Democratic-leaning group suggests the GOP nominee may be losing ground in that argument with the middle class in Colorado.
According to a survey of 500 likely voters done for Project New America by Grove Insight on Monday and Tuesday, Obama is edging ahead in the Centennial State, 47 percent to 44 percent.
Obama's standing is largely thanks to the feeling that he is the more likely candidate to "fight for people like you," where he leads Romney 48 percent to 39 percent.
What is likely more worrisome for Team Romney is that Obama's message that he wants to preserve middle-class tax rates seems to be equaling the Romney tax-hike charges. The survey found 38 percent of likely voters in the state think Obama is more likely to raise taxes on the middle class, while 37 percent think Romney is, making a virtual tie on a signature GOP issue.
Obama also scores a significant lead among unaffiliated voters, leading his rival 49 percent to 34 in the survey, well outside its margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.