Skip to comments.Rasmussen: Wisconsin tied, Romney up 1 in Iowa
Posted on 11/01/2012 1:42:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Rasmussen released two big swing-state polls today, both containing mixed news for Mitt Romney. Their surveys in Wisconsin and Iowa both show virtual or solid dead heats with just days left to go before the election. We'll start with the actual dead heat in Wisconsin, where Obama gets better news on early voting, and in the internals:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters finds President Obama and Mitt Romney each earning 49% support. Two percent (2%) remain undecided. …
Twenty-five percent (25%) of likely Wisconsin voters have already voted, and the president leads 56% to 41% among these voters.
Voters in the state trust Romney more than the president by just two points --- 50% to 48% --- when it comes to handling the economy. Obama has a three-point edge in voter trust --- 50% to 47% --- in the area of energy policy and leads by one --- 49% to 48% --- when it comes to national security. Among voters nationwide, Romney leads by seven on the economy, and the two are nearly tied in the other areas.
Let's take a look at a couple of keys. First, the D/R/I split is R+2, 39/37/24; in 2008, exit polls showed a D/R/I 39/33/29, in 2010 it was 37/36/28, and in Junes recall election, it was 34/35/31. The ratio between Democrats and Republicans might be accurate, but it does seem that independents get a little undercounted here. That might be the difference, too, because independents are breaking to Obama as they did in the NBC/WSJ poll, 51/43. That’s still a smaller advantage than Obama got in 2008, when he won independents by 19 on his way to a 14-point win. The gender gap has been completely neutralized, too, with Obama leading women 56/42 and Romney leading men by the exact same number. Still, Obama’s job approval rating is 52/48 in Wisconsin, which gives him an edge — and it’s 55/44 among indies.
How about Iowa? Romney has a one-point edge over Obama, but again Obama has a solid lead among early voters:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds the Republican challenger with 49% support, while President Obama earns 48% of the vote. Two percent (2%) like someone else in the race, and one percent (1%) is undecided. …
A week ago, the candidates were tied at 48% apiece. The president led by two earlier in the month, while Romney posted a three-point lead in September. Prior to the latest findings, Romneys support in Iowa has fallen in the narrow range of 46% to 48% in surveys since June, while Obamas support has ranged from 44% to 49%.
Forty-two percent (42%) of likely Iowa voters have already voted. The president leads 56% to 39% among these voters.
The internals here don’t look too great for Romney or Obama. Romney’s losing independents here too, by twelve at 52/40, but he beats Obama on the economy by seven overall, 51/44, and by seven among independents, 49/42. By a huge margin, Iowa voters want a reduction in federal spending rather than an increase to boost the economy (74/14, 75/15 among indies). Once again, the gender gap is neutralized.
I’d consider both polls a mixed bag for both candidates. If the GOP has a firm grip on Scott Walker’s GOTV infrastructure from June and can push the economy message in Iowa, they have a chance for two big wins — but it won’t be easy in either state.
Very good news in contrast to the Marquette poll yesterday that showed Obama ahead (with a crazy D+5). I think Romney takes Wisconsin.
D/R/I split in WI is R+2? Is that realistic this year?
Good question. He may be basing this on the recent recall election. Not sure what the partisan turnout was then, but it would not be unheard of, but no way a D+5. People are jacked to vote on our side.
Sorry, but if this is very good news to you then you didn’t read it. Romney trails among independents in states with a built in advantage of Democrats. This seems to be a case of Rasmussen fudging the numbers a bit. This combined with other polls leaves Obama poised to take WI and IA a toss up at best.
I think he mistyped - the Wisconsin poll was D+2.
How does Romney go from a huge advantage among independents to losing independents? It just doesn’t make sense.
Not sure the reason but his daily tracking poll shows Romney’s support among independents down as well. Sandy? Not sure but double digit advantage has been his trump card and without it... game over.
We know, you’re “concerned”.
“How does Romney go from a huge advantage among independents to losing independents? It just doesnt make sense.”
I’m suspicious of any swing state poll that has Obama winning independents. Not just because I want Romney to win. It’s just that it doesn’t make a lot of sense in this political climate.
being behind 13-15% on those who have already voted makes me put on my ‘concern troll’ hat. But Dems are notorious for the early vote, that makes me feel a little better. I always enjoy your posts SAF, keep up the good work.
The only silver lining to Obama winning is going to telling all you busy bodies to F off.
Especially Wisconsin, where I think Thompson is going to win vs. Baldwin for Senate. I can’t see anyone voting for Thompson and then voting for Obama.
Romney is going to wipe the floor with The Disaster in Wisconsin.
Who in their right mind believes the people who kept Walker are going to just forget all the RAT crap and vote to retain The Disaster?
It ain’t gonna happen.
If these numbers are accurate, I don’t just don’t see Romney winning WI.
So how is it the same people who elected Kasich turned around and voted down collective bargaining reforms a year later? There’s no correlation.
WI just kicked the unions in the ASS
I can’t see them going for Obama AT ALL
no matter what the polls say
Here’s to hoping that the Dem’s early push is their only push.
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