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. Sue

    Chris MI: Yep, you are right........Based on Obama's dismal approval rating in Michigan alone, it should NOT have been "leans Obama" on the electoral map. It definitely needs to be listed as a "toss up". But, with the Independents voting with the Republicans AGAINST Obama-–Romney will win Michigan. And, you are also right......With Walker's victory in Wisconsin, this state needs to be moved to "toss up" as well. I do not care what the so called exit polls say-–there is no way that voters who voted for Walker, are going to turn around and vote for Obama!! Those who are participating in the polls in Wisconsin, are intentionally messing with the pollsters/media. That is why the media's prediction of a "close, neck-to-neck race" for the recall election were so far off-–the voters were messing with the pollsters/media for those polls as well.

    June 7, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Jen06

    Just like Walker and Barrett were neck and neck.

    June 7, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Thomas

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

    At least he has some new Ideas, Romney has the same GW Bush failed economic policy, has the same economic advisers as Bush. The key to failed is doing the same thing over and over with the same results.

    GW Bush had a big ego , low self-esteem , thats why he let Dick Cheney make the decisions " Your ether for us or agents us " .

    You need to think long term , it's a very competitive world out there . God grant us long-term vision and relieve us of reactionary self serving sloth !

    Romney / GW Bush 2012

    We broke it , now pay us to fix it !

    June 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Romney / GW Bush

    We can do it again 2012

    June 7, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. wt bitzer

    Its not government money that supports deadbeats. Its taxpayer money. I pay taxes. I'd rather see my dollars improving infrastructure and improving our economy and energy supplies than handing it over to those who don't and won't work. Michigan and GM fared pretty well with the Obama bailout and they're still not convinced he's the savior.

    June 7, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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