PPP’s first likely voters poll in Michigan this year finds Barack Obama with a solid lead in the state, 51-44. That’s down a good bit from our last registered voters poll in July which found Obama ahead 53-39. That’s a reflection of the fact that the state could be looking at a very different electorate in 2012 than it had in 2008. We find that 34% of likely voters on this poll are Republicans compared to 33% who are Democrats. Exit polls last time showed 41% of voters as Democrats and just 29% as Republicans.
Nevertheless Obama still has a healthy lead. That reflects the fact that despite his ties to the state, Michigan voters just don’t embrace Romney. Only 45% have a favorable opinion of him to 49% with an unfavorable one. They don’t accept Romney as one of their own either- only 34% consider him to be a Michigander to 57% who do not.
One thing that’s definitely not helping Romney in Michigan is the position he took on the auto bailout. 53% of voters think Obama has been better for the automotive industry in the state compared to only 31% for Romney. And this is something voters care about- 80% of voters say the candidates’ record on the automotive industry is important to them, and 48% deem it to be ‘very important.’ Continue reading “Obama up 7 in Michigan”