Skip to comments.Poll: Romney narrows gap with independents in Michigan
Posted on 04/10/2012 7:40:07 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
Mitt Romney continues to trail President Barack Obama in Michigan, but is narrowing the gap and gaining ground among independent voters in a sign that the Republican favorite may be reversing trends favorable to the president.
Independents surveyed in the EPIC-MRA poll released Tuesday favored Romney 41 percent to 39 percent. That's a substantial reversal for Romney, who trailed Obama 49 percent to 28 percent in January.
While the president continues to edge Romney overall - leading 47 percent to 43 percent - the numbers should be concerning to his campaign team. Not only does the survey reverse course on recent polls that have found independents breaking towards the president, but the numbers come in Michigan, where the president's auto bailout remains highly popular and the Obama reelection team has already spent money on anti-Romney campaign advertising.
Of those surveyed, 55 percent gave the president a negative approval rating on job performance, the same number who said the country was on the "wrong track."
Still, an increasing number of Michiganders see the state economy as staring to improve. Some 58 percent of those surveyed saw positive signs for the economy, an improvement from January, when just 49 percent of those polled saw reason for optimism.
There's also reason for optimism for Democrats in the state's Senate race. Incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) carries a net positive favorability rating, with 45 percent of respondents having a favorable impression and 40 percent having a negative one. Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra, meanwhile, carries the same five-point advantage, but far less name recognition, with a 28 percent to 23 percent advantage.
If Obama loses Michigan he loses the election.
If romney gets the nom., this will be worse than 2008. The only reason I voted for McCain was Palin.
Yup. The only reason Romney “won” in Michigan was because he concentrated on Obama strongholds and got an after the vote rule change that gave him two extra delegates.
Not an indication of Romney strengths, but rather compounding Obama weaknesses (gas prices + the whole Trayvon thing is making him look like the second coming of Malcolm X)
Which states do you think that went to McCain in 2008, but will flip to Obama this year?
“Not an indication of Romney strengths, but rather compounding Obama weaknesses (gas prices + the whole Trayvon thing is making him look like the second coming of Malcolm X)”
Yes. If the two wings of the Government Party run Obama-Romney 2012, the contest will simply be as to which charlatan is the least despised by their base and the neutrals.
That “Global ??” polling group (sorry, can’t think of their name) are the ones who invented the new category of Independents, by naming them the “swing Independents”. This bunch had to be shaved out of the whole to even have a prayer for a favorable outcome for Obamao among Independents over Romney, according to The Ulsterman Report.
Politico then picked up this Global polling moniker to advance that narrative of distortion and get it out. The Obamao success story over Romney among Independents in general is non-existant.
Do not count Michigan out. Not in the Presidential race and not in the Senate race either. We won a clean sweep of the state in 2010. A lot of people in Michigan realize that the Democrats mean that Detroit will become a sink hole that will suck the entire state into oblivion. It’s either win or relocate.
The People are not funding the GOPE;Hollywood and fewer corporations are enthused to fund Obama and those who are, are said to be giving much less;Oprah is going to support Mao, but only with a sack over her head;Soros is even sanguine between Mao and Romney, and so it goes.
This could lead one to wonder who exactly is funding this election. Are they even Americans for the most part any longer, among the hand off to the big donors, who are apparently the only donors?
I don’t know, but this year really is looking like a Soviet election with a choice of Comrade Punchkov or Comrade Judiev. Rival sock puppets of the same puppeteer.
Polls don’t vote but most Poles do...This is Politico the poll is b/s
THAT is exactly what I think it looks like also.
Two-sides-of-the-same-coin is tired, but true.
However, I just don’t see Obama actually winning, but I do see a bloody summer in his attempt to win, before he loses.
What we have after that is anybody’s guess, because it’s for sure Romney isn’t saying yet and probably never will.
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