Polls: Obama ahead of Romney in Wisconsin
May 24th, 2012
11:11 AM ET
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Polls: Obama ahead of Romney in Wisconsin

(CNN) - Two new polls released Thursday indicate President Barack Obama is holding a steady advantage in the key swing state of Wisconsin.

The president maintains a 49%-43% advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the Badger State, according to a Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio survey.

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The six-point margin falls within the poll's sampling error, leaving the two candidates statistically tied. Meanwhile, 7% of registered voters said they were undecided or not sure who they would choose if the election were held today.

A separate poll out Thursday also shows Obama ahead of Romney in Wisconsin. According to a Reason-Rupe survey, 46% of voters said they would re-elect the president, compared to 36% who said they would back Romney.

Six percent said they would vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and 10% said they did not know who they would pick.

Obama carried Wisconsin in 2008 by a big margin over Republican nominee John McCain. But the president may face a tough fight in November, as the GOP picked up a governor's seat and two House seats in 2010.

However, the state's Republican governor, Scott Walker, is working to survive a June recall election following last year's ugly fight between the state and labor unions over a bill to curtail collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Both polls showed Walker ahead of the Democratic candidate in the race, Tom Barrett.

The St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio poll was conducted between May 17 and May 22, with 406 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.

The Reason-Rupe poll was conducted between May 14 and May 18, with 609 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Wisconsin
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you speak republican, a 6 point lead is a tie, 47th in job creation out of 50 states is the new number 1 in job creation. Losing 8 million jobs in three years under Bush is good, and waging war with no way to pay for it is a GOP blessing. Don't forget, tax cuts for the wealthy will trickle down. If you believe their lies, then their mission is accomplished.

    May 24, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poll shows a TIE now. They elected a Republican governor in 2010 and again in a few weeks. Poll shows voters think the STATE is moving in the right direction and the country in the WRONG direction.

    Wanna bet???
    Nothing to lose, so sure, why not? Get back to me after the election and we'll talk about why Obama won.

    May 24, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Wisconsin had better wake up to reality. Walker has been lying to them through his ads, and he still wants to cut more public sector jobs, privatize education and anything else that he can destroy. Don't forget. Walker's goal is to destroy unions, both in the public sector and the private sector.

    May 24, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    I agree with you Wire but since the republicans have only one goal and that is to try and oust our president millions of Americans will be robbed of the opportunity of working and providing for their families. All we can do at this point is KICK THEM ALL OUT so that the pres.. gets a level playing field and the country can continue moving forward.

    May 24, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Terry

    As Rubes & Romney talk, Hey Mitt..... I dont wanna be VP.... I wanna be CEO of Bain. Can you teach me how to Desrtoys Tens of Thousands of jobs & Rape Workers of their Pensions???? Sure Rubes. Thanks Mitt, It will be a Blast seeing those folks lose Everything!!!

    May 24, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Woman in California – I agree with you as well. Keep the faith, even republicans don't want Mittens.


    May 24, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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