Virginia: Obama 49, Romney 42

The poll’s results are a dramatic swing from a poll released by conservative-leaning We Ask America on Tuesday, which found Romney with a 48-43 percent lead. That poll was the first in the month of June that did not show the president either tied with or leading his Republican challenger.

But while the ODU poll is more in line with recent findings — showing Obama with a slight, yet statistically significant lead in Virginia — there are encouraging signs for Romney.

Some 60 percent of Virginians say they want to see the country’s economic policies become more conservative than they are today — a good sign for Romney, who has been described by more than seven in 10 Virginians as conservative. With the economy expected to dominate the presidential race, the Republican challenger could make up ground, especially against Obama, who is thought of as liberal by two-thirds of Virginians.