Poll: Obama 47%-Romney 37% in Michigan
September 13th, 2012
12:18 PM ET
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Poll: Obama 47%-Romney 37% in Michigan

(CNN) - Are the auto bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler motoring President Barack Obama to a lead in the swing state of Michigan?

A new poll indicates President Barack Obama holding a double digit lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the state. According to an EPIC/MRA survey, 47% of likely voters in Michigan support the president, with 37% backing Romney and 16% unsure.

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The poll, done for the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV, was conducted Saturday-Tuesday, entirely after the Democratic National Convention, which was held last Tuesday-Thursday, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The auto bailouts were prominently showcased during all three nights of the convention, as was Romney's opposition to Washington's role.

The federal government's assistance of auto giants was started under President George W. Bush in 2008, but the next year Obama grabbed the keys to the program, managing and funding the bailouts of GM and Chrysler. Romney opposed the government bailout and pushed for a privately financed, managed bankruptcy of the two automakers.

The auto bailouts could have an impact on the race in Michigan, home to the domestic auto makers, and in neighboring Ohio, a battleground state which is also a major base for the auto industry.

Some surveys conducted prior to the two parties' political conventions indicated a closer contest in Michigan.

According to the new poll, the president holds a nine point advantage among independent voters, with a very high 37% unsure. The survey also indicates the president holding a two point margin among men and a 16 point lead among women. And Obama has the lead in three crucial suburban counties (Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne) near Detroit.

Romney, and his wife Ann, were both born in Michigan, and Romney's father served as a popular two-term governor of the state in the 1960's.

Romney last campaigned in the state late last month, at a rally with running mate Rep. Paul Ryan in Commerce, Michigan. The president last campaigned in the state in April.

The EPIC/MRA poll was conducted September 8-11, with 600 likely voters in Michigan questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. bbucher

    I can't wait to see how disappointed you folks in the liberal media complex are on election night. I'm going to wallow in it!

    September 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Another poll result to drive Limbaugh closer to the edge. The man is going to have a conniption come election night.

    September 13, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    I guess romney can't take any of his home states ,if he has one . Msss is a no. Mich is a no calf is a no nh probably no. Cayman islands no. Swiss. No!!!!

    September 13, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Freeb

    Get her done America. We need four more years for the President to fix what Bush and Comp. screwed up. Don't let the GOP take us back to the ditch they drove us into.

    September 13, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Rasmussen has Romney up over the uhbama in the Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, 47-46.

    September 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "I can't wait to see how disappointed you folks in the liberal media complex are on election night. I'm going to wallow in it!"

    Yes, in fact, why don't you have a box of tissues handy that night. Either way it goes, we know what you'll be doing.

    September 13, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    I am surprised the Bishop is getting 37%.

    I guess those Michigans are down with Robney that the US auto business should have been shut down and liquidated.

    But Bishop FlippoCrite has fixed that history. Play that Wisconsin marching music, white boy, play that funky music.

    September 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. MR.CANADA

    Couldn't understand who would vote for romney-ryan untill I saw Honey Boo Boo last night.

    September 13, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. alien

    Lmfao sniffit

    September 13, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Drew

    bbucher: Romney simply doesn't have the electoral college votes, and you can tell that he's getting desperate.

    September 13, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Credibility

    President Obama demonstrated courage for American auto workers, making the right decision even when it was not popular at the time.

    Romney unforutnately lacks credibility now trying to take credit when he reacted at the time by writing let Detroit go bankrupt.

    The choice is clear by comparison. Obama/Biden 2012

    September 13, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Tony

    bbucher, you can start wallow in conservative panic right now. Have you seen the latest FOX News poll? Obama leads Romney by 5 point. Yes, that is a FOX News poll. You know, that bastion of liberal media.

    September 13, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Jon

    Interesting ... this is the second blue state poll released today ... is this all the liberals can come up with when 4 days after the DNC convention Obama blows a 8 point lead and now trails Romney in the National polls.

    September 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. quinLee

    bbucher: I can't wait to see how disappointed you folks in the liberal media complex are on election night. I'm going to wallow in it!
    ------------------------------------------------
    That may be the view from Deep Space Nine but those of us here on Earth know better. See you in Jan2013.

    September 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Josaphat Daniels

    The only ones that will be disappointed is you and your tea party fools, the fact shows that your guy Mr. multiple choice is not worthy of leading a great country like the U.S. I bet that if romoney becomes president( which he won't), he will make bushes policies look like a success and the once known great USA will join the third world country club in trying to fix his mess that he will leave behind by then romoney would have gotten what he wanted from you suckers and leave the US just like bernard arnault left france, to avoid paying his fair share.

    Reply to bbucher.

    September 13, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. winky

    I'm from Michigan and Romney will loose that's why he has withdrawn money here! We are on it believe me! This was a moderate but only wants to be president because he and misses think they should be in the house. Detroit is growing again and we know why! Our auto industry wasn't liquidated like mittens wanted it to!

    September 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. ghostriter

    An increase in support from women as well as independents gives Barack Obama a post-convention advantage over challenger Mitt Romney. The president receives a five percentage-point bounce among women and a 12-point bounce among independents, in a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

    Overall, the Obama-Biden ticket tops the Romney-Ryan ticket by 48 to 43 percent among likely voters. The president’s advantage is within the poll’s margin of sampling error.

    Obama’s personal favorable rating also improves - up two points to 53 percent since the conventions. Romney’s favorable rating holds steady at 49 percent.

    The poll finds the president has a significant advantage on most issues and candidate traits. Voters trust Obama more than Romney on foreign policy (+15 points), education (+14 points), Medicare (+11 points), health care (+9 points) and terrorism (+8 points).

    September 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    @blucher, your bully bishop didn't just jump the Lehman shark he splashed into a cage full of Great White Sharks!
    @Rudy NYC, I don't watch or listen to limberger but when he has a stroke on the air we can all watch and celebrate!
    Michigan, Ohio and even North Carolina are producers of just not cars but parts for the cars. If it had been up to the twit by letting Detroit go bankrupt thousand of jobs in these states would have been lost.

    September 13, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    It's about time my fellow Michiganians woke up. However Willard will still take most of Oakland County. Rich and mostly all white. He has those areas sewed up. Some parts of Michigan belong in the south.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 13, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. ghostriter

    Funny, Rassmussen is the only poll showing Romney with a national lead. Real Clear Politics (the one Fox News uses) gives the president an almost 4 point lead.

    September 13, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Joan in MS

    Obama up 10 points in Mitt's home state! WOW!!

    By the way, did Mitt ever show his Michigan birth certificate or his income tax returns for the last 5-10 years??

    September 13, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Susan

    The only thing you need to ask is if you, and the country are better off now than 4 years ago. The way I see it, the rich are still rich, the poor are still poor, and the middle class has melted into the poor category. The poor may think they're going to see some of the "rich man's money" come their way if Obama is elected. And if you're happy with an extra handout or two, then so be it. But if you think you're going to "move on up", you're delusional. Obama and his Wall Street buddies are cashing in at the expense of the middle class, now poor people. And as long as the Dems are in, you'll be poor.

    September 13, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. aalisa31

    It seems like Mitt has his work cut out for him. the people of Michigan knows who actually helped them, versus Mitt the Twit who said let them fail!!.. Now they are failing you Mitt.. what goes around comes around...... NIce...:)

    September 13, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Mikey

    @Jon – How's the weather in the bubble?

    Gallup tracking (9/12) – Obama +7
    CNN (9/9) – Obama +6
    FOX News (9/11) – Obama +5
    Democracy Corps (9/12) – Obama +5

    Obama is leading in most of the swing states – New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
    Reuters/Ipsos (9/10) – Obama +3

    September 13, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Expat American

    Wallow: To roll the body about indolently or clumsily in or as if in water, snow, or mud.
    Well, that’s one way to celebrate Romney’s defeat. I’d go for something a little more positive and less muddy, but to each his own.

    September 13, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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