Obama, Romney neck-and-neck in Michigan
June 7th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney neck-and-neck in Michigan

(CNN) – A poll released Thursday showed President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney locked in a dead heat in Michigan, an indication the state, which carries 16 electoral votes, will be a big player in November's general election.

The survey from EPIC-MRA showed Romney with the backing of 46% of likely Michigan voters, compared to 45% who back Obama. The one-point margin was well within the poll's sampling error. The last EPIC poll, taken in April, showed the president leading his Republican rival 47%-43%.

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Romney, whose father served as the governor of Michigan and later was an auto executive in Detroit, won the state's GOP primary in February, taking more than 40% of the vote. In 2008, Obama beat Sen. John McCain the state, 57%-41%.

Michigan is currently labeled "leaning Obama" on CNN's Electoral Map.

Thursday's poll showed Obama edging Romney in terms of favorability, with 46% saying they have a favorable view of the president. Forty-one percent said they viewed Romney favorably.

Obama's approval remains low in Michigan, with 41% of Michiganders saying they approve of the job he's doing as president. That's below his national average, which the daily Gallup tracking poll shows at 45%.

The EPIC-MRA poll was taken by telephone from 600 likely voters between June 2-5. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: Michigan • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    I will pay anything to see the expression on Willard's face when he loses Michigan & Massachusetts.

    #LETDETROITGOBANKRUPT

    June 7, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. King

    Michigan will votes for the man that states, "let them go bankrupt ".I guest they deserve what coming to them.

    June 7, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Susan

    Go Romney!

    June 7, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. TomTom

    Get 'em MITT!!!

    June 7, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Darrell

    Biting the hand that saved them.

    June 7, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Expat American

    so many polls...so early...stop the insanity!

    June 7, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    @ King....

    I agree with you. Maybe it's all those "trees being the right height" is causing some there to be blinded from the truth. Either that or they are just polling mainly Republicans.

    June 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How many brave sons and daughters has Michigan lost in time of war, then ask yourselves how many of Romney's five(5) sons serve in our U.S. Military or any generation of Romneys. You got it right, the answer is none. The Romney's serve themselves, their church and their wealth while our sons and daughters die for them.

    June 7, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. CaliforniaBC

    So I guess Romney's assertion that the biggest employing industry in the state should be allowed to fail just doesn't matter much to Michigonians anymore.

    hmmm....

    June 7, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Nameameko lofton

    Its going to be a tough race

    June 7, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. charlesName

    Boy how fast people forget. Romney would have had the auto and everyone tied to the auto begging for a job right now. Plus all the $$ would be going to Japan and else where. Romney is a snake in short grass. We better vote with our wallet or we won't have one. Obama 2012 hillery Clinton 2016.

    June 7, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Name

    Romney and his fellow republican cronies are lying snakes. They have not done one thing in 4 years to help this country, just themselves! Every attempt to jumpstart the economy by Obama has bern blocked for political purposes to make him look bad which is why he has had to take matters in his own hands. Romney will say or do whatever to win, he was a lousy Gov. In my state, can't wait to see him lose in Nov. Like father, like son! Go Obama!

    June 7, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney’s home state is Michigan but he lead Obama by 1% , Obama will win Michigan

    June 7, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. janetlaw

    No – repubs know how to get the vote out – plain and simple. And, with the voter ID crap, they will be successful in suppressing the vote from seniors, minorities, and poor people, so dems will lose that vote too. Rove's evil plan at work – I weep for this country.

    June 7, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Name Dean

    Obama and his clowns have ruined this country. Go Mitt..get rid of this jerk Obama..

    June 7, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Chris MI

    I live and work in south central MI and I am telling you I think there is a larger spread than 1 point for MR. Obama has a few problems that the media and the pundents don't want to talk about. One, he has done a bad job. I do not care what you hear, the facts are this, a president needs to be a leader and he is NOT. Even when he controlled the both houses he let Nancy and Harry do all the work on a bill that really dose not do anything for anyone but the insurance companies adn now he blames the republican house, Regan worked with O'Neil, Clinton with Newt and GW with Nancy, but BO can not work with Baner? Come on. Next, he blames everyone and everything for what is wrong, most of us have kids and that gets really old really fast (faster than 3.5 years). And last but not least, his social policies. You people on the east and west coast can call the midwest fly over all you want, you can not control US govenment without us and we do feel that marrage is between a MAN and a Woman period and while we are ok with contraception we don't think we should have to pay for your condom or the pill, come on for god sake it is not like we are asking you to do any more than what we do for ourselvs. Supporting his envirnment and LA friends may raise money for him, but it is going to cost him the election. John King, it is time to move MI and Wisconson into the toss up column.

    June 7, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Bren

    Wow, this is amazing that voters are waking up so soon!! Romney just officially became the Republican candidate-and all state/national polls are already showing that he is tied, leading, or closing in on Obama!! And, based on all state/national polls-Romney already has the support/votes of the majority of Independents. And, as Romney and the superpacs air ads in the states giving the truth/facts about the "real" Obama-–and what he and his policies have done to our economy/country--Romney will begin to take the lead in most of the states, and will win in November!!

    June 7, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Obvious Guy

    If the people of Michigan want to vote for the candidate who said Detroit should go bankrupt, and not vote for the guy who saved the auto industry, then I think Michigan would have to be the dumbest state in the Union.

    June 7, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Sue

    Read the article-look at Obama's approval rating in Michigan!!! Hahahahahahahaha........With the Independents voting with the Republicans FOR Romney--Michigan is going to be won by Romney in November!!!

    June 7, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. v_mag

    So, you're saying that a person's vote for president in Michigan might really count for something? That's more than I can say about my vote in Texas. The electoral college disenfranchises the vast majority of American voters, and changing it should be the number 1 priority of anybody concerned with real democracy in this country. That, and overturning Citizens United.

    June 7, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Irisdavenport

    This poll of 600 likely voters is by its nature over samples republicans because they are viewed as more likely to vote than other groups. In addition, 600 people is too small of a sample. Plus keep in mind polls today, are taken-skewed to generate headlines rather than to accurately describe the state of the Presidential race. Obama will win Michigan, and there is no doubt about it.

    June 7, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Name Dean

    Obama has an ego that won't let him do anything but his own ideas.

    June 7, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Maggie

    The people in Michigan have common sense. Why vote back in Obama with his failing policies. I hope the other states will do the same. We know the crazies in California and New York will vote for Obama because he is one of them. Romney in 2012!!!!.. It cant come soon enough!!!!!

    June 7, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. wt bitzer

    Do people realize it wasn't government money but taxpayer money that bailed out GM and gave the unions a 17 per cent stake in the company? I need my money. Suporting deadbeats, whether it be unions, welfare abusers or anyone else does nothing to improve my lifestyle. Again, its not government money, its taxpayer money. I pay taxes. The recipients of the Obama handouts dont

    June 7, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. tee27

    Lets see here Michigan want`s to vote for a man that said let them go bankrupt then go ahead, this guy has parked $250 million off shore, Refuse to pay taxes and this list go on. Mitt and the tea bags will say or do anything to win, Looks how they are trying to buy the election with all the false tv ads, And rick scott trying to steal it in FL , Obama 2012

    June 7, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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