Despite the rapid tightening of polls with Mitt Romney leading in many Battlegrounds, Michigan remains a tough state for the native born candidate. Well respected EPIC-MRA conducted a poll for the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and found President Obama holding on to a 6-point lead 52 to 46:
President Barack Obama’s improved performance in Tuesday’s debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney appears to have boosted him to a wider lead among likely Michigan voters, a Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) poll shows. When counting undecided voters leaning toward either candidate, Obama, the Democrat, held a 52%-46% edge on Romney in an automated poll of 800 likely Michigan voters on Wednesday, a day after the men met in New York for the second of three debates.
Almost half — 46% — thought Obama won the most recent debate, compared to 35% who thought Romney won. Eleven percent called the debate a tie and 8% were undecided. A poll after the first debate showed voters overwhelmingly gave Romney the advantage. “I think the debate had a role” in Obama’s lead, said Bernie Porn, pollster for EPIC-MRA of Lansing, which conducted the survey for the Free Press and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). “You look at people who watched the debate, they’re voting for Obama more than the state as a whole is. Only among people who didn’t watch the debate are they tied.” The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Taken with other recent polls, the EPIC-MRA survey suggests that Obama is once again solidifying a lead in Michigan after seeing a spike in support for Romney following the first debate on Oct. 3 in Denver.