New Wisconsin poll shows Obama with significant lead
September 19th, 2012
05:01 PM ET
2 years ago

New Wisconsin poll shows Obama with significant lead

(CNN) - A new poll of Wisconsin likely voters released Wednesday afternoon shows President Barack Obama with a double digit lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney there. It stands in contrast to other national and state polls released Tuesday and Wednesday which have shown a close race, some giving Obama a slight advantage over Romney.

The Marquette Law School Poll put Obama 14 percentage points ahead of Romney among likely voters in the Badger State. It also shows a significant change in the Wisconsin race for a U.S. Senate seat.

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The poll, like others released this week, was conducted entirely before secretly recorded clips of Romney speaking at a May fund-raiser consumed the political news cycle. The clips showed Romney describing recipients of government support as dependent and Obama supporters.

A separate poll of likely Wisconsin voters released earlier on Wednesday also showed Obama with an edge, but significantly less of one. His six point advantage over Romney (51% to 45%) in the New York Times/CBS News/Quinnipiac survey was outside of the poll's sampling error but far less than was indicated in the Marquette poll.

The Marquette poll showed Obama gaining five points and Romney losing six, as the two candidates were separated by three points in an August iteration of this survey.

Romney's running mate is Rep. Paul Ryan, a seven-term congressman from the state. In mid-August, the state was moved from leaning in Obama's favor to a toss-up between Obama and Romney on the CNN Electoral Map.

The poll also showed a significant shift in the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Tammy Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson. It shows Baldwin with a nine point lead over Thompson, 50% to 41% - a reversal of the two candidates' standings in the August survey. In that poll, Thompson was at 50% and Baldwin at 41%.

The professor who led the poll, Charles Franklin, said in a press release announcing the results, "These are both very large moves in just four weeks."

It noted Obama and Baldwin expanded their support among independents, while the support among partisans of their own candidates remained largely unchanged.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Tammy Baldwin • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Name. sam

    With all sincerity, I like both candidate. But I prefer president obama to win at this election.

    September 20, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  2. 4mayhem

    Romney is doing fine... alll this polling of a few does not mean anything. You see... Obama has no clue whats in store for him as the registered "unaffiliated" voters will bury him. I know for a fact in Colorado first time voters is on the rise... they are looking to vote Romney for the sake of their country.

    September 20, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  3. robj

    People must be out of their mind to vote for hussein.
    how many hussein do good to america?

    September 20, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  4. 200 TON HAMMER

    Romney wisconsin loves for you too drop out of thr clown
    Show that has ran your magic underware politics

    September 20, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
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