08/08/2012 07:13 pm ET

Polls: Voters Dividing Along Familiar Lines, With One Surprise - 2012 Decoded

The three Quinnipiac University CBS/New York Times swing state polls released this morning, like the three released last week, capture the consistency of attitudes shaping the presidential race in battlegrounds across the country-while also recording movement among one key group of voters.

Even with one big surprise in the results-Mitt Romney's lead in Colorado, a state that in many ways embodies the modern Democratic electoral coalition-the polls mostly show voters across the six states this year dividing in consistent patterns largely familiar from 2008 (and indeed from elections since 1992).

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