Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE POLL: Romney narrows gap on Obama in Michigan
Posted on 10/08/2012 3:41:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Once again, the campaign for US President is a horse race in the battleground state of Michigan!
The momentum has now shifted to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney because of his winning performance in the first of three scheduled debates against President Barack Obama.
In September, the momentum was behind the President after he received a big boost from the Democratic National Convention.
In a new and exclusive poll for WXYZ, the Detroit Free Press, and our statewide media partners, 48 percent say they would vote for Democrat Obama if the election were held today. Forty-five percent of the 600 respondents say they would cast their ballot for Republican challenger Romney.
Seven percent are undecided.
Obama leads among women and men; Romney is liked better among voters under age 50.
The numbers between the candidates have narrowed to only 3 points since the September poll where President Obama was ahead of Governor Romney by 10 points, 47 percent to 37 percent.
Lansing-based EPIC MRA has conducted both surveys.
Pollster Bernie Porn said, This is a significant presidential debate bump for Governor Romney. He added, Critics can say what they want but we know these are very reliable numbers because although they tightened up between Obama and Romney, Debbie Stabenow has increased her lead over Pete Hoekstra by 20 points, 55 percent to 35 percent, among the same survey respondents.
Ten percent of the people polled were undecided on the Senate race.
Last month, U.S. Senator Stabenow was beating former West Michigan Congressman Hoekstra by 11 points, 49 percent to 38 percent. Stabenow, the Democrat, is easily polling better among independent men and women than her Republican challenger.
The first presidential debate was viewed by more than 58 million people.
When asked how many eligible voters in Michigan watched all of it, 44 percent said they did, and 66 percent gave the victory to Governor Mitt Romney. Only 12 percent thought President Barack Obama had won.
The poll was conducted October 4 6, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
READ THE POLL RESULTS BELOW
Thinking about this years November general election, how would you vote on the following matchups?
If the election for President were held today, would you vote for the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President, or the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President?
Obama 48% Romney 45% Undecided 7%
If the election for U.S Senate were held today, would you vote for Pete Hoekstra the Republican or Debbie Stabenow the Democrat?
Stabenow 55% Hoekstra 35% Undecided 10%
How much of the First Presidential Debate from Wednesday night between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were you able to watch on television?
All of it 44% Most of it 17% Only some of it 16% None of it 23%
Based on your impressions from watching the debate, or from seeing, hearing or reading news coverage about the debate, who do you think won the first debate, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?
Romney won 66% Obama won 12% It was a tie 8% Undecided 14%
Generally speaking, do you consider yourself a Republican or a Democrat?
Democrat 43% Independent 17% Republican 38%
How Michigan can vote back in Stab-a-cow is beyond my ability to comprehend.....
I was going to make a wisecrack about that line but then I realized it is actually significant. It means there is no appreciable gender gap. I consider that a good thing.
Its really hard to say what’s real with the instate polls.
During the primaries, the polling showed Stabenow up about 10 points over the divided field so its a little hard to believe it would be as wide as this poll says. I can’t really see Romney votes also voting for Stabenow.
I supported Clark Durant in the primary but have no problem with Hoekstra. He’s a good man with considerable intelligence experience. He was in Israel talking to some high ranking folks a couple weeks back which sent the democrats off the rails.
Good news for Romney. I can’t believe Stab-me-now is that far ahead.
I wonder if that stat is due to so many people in Michigan over the age of 50 are either union members or are former union members.
Just about all of us are or were union members at some point. I doubt it makes that much difference for those of us who are older because the unions weren’t nearly as politically aggressive in the past as they are today.
Yes. Most union members are retirees. A lot of the blacks in Detroit are also elderly.
BTW Hoekstra website for those who want to help out.
Thanks for the perspective. There are parts of PA where unions were a religion. Those jobs left in the 70's and 80's, and so did the unions. I have a number of friends my age, just under 50, who grew up in very conservative union families. My friends are Republicans. Their fathers and uncles are Democrats and are not changing they way they vote. It doesn't make for good conversation at hunting camp.
There are definitely a considerable number of conservative union members in Michigan. Most of my neighbors are conservative union members. Some are pro union and some aren’t. I hated being in the union.
The union conservatives are a growing group and their leader (Terry Bowman) has testified against union political fundraising on capitol hill. He’s also pro right to work.
I don’t know what I would do if Romney took Michigan!? But I can imagine.....
Better get some champagne ready, just in case :)