Poll: Obama leads Romney in Michigan

August 23, 2012

By Mike Wilkinson and Marisa Schultz, The Detroit News

President Barack Obama has maintained a slim lead in Michigan over Republican Mitt Romney, buoyed mainly by a gender gap that shows women far more supportive of the Democrat, a Detroit News/WDIV-Channel 4 poll shows.

Obama leads the Michigan native and former Massachusetts governor by 47.5 percent to 42 percent, essentially the same gap he held over Romney in the spring before an avalanche of political advertising began.

But among women, Obama holds a 50.4 percent to 39 percent advantage, underscoring the political wisdom of the Democratic Party’s message that Republicans have waged a “war on women,” pollster Richard Czuba said

“This is an advantage not only President Obama has, but the Democratic Party has,” he said.

The survey was taken before the controversy surrounding Republican Missouri Rep. Todd Akin took center stage this week. Akin on Sunday said in an interview with a St. Louis TV station that in cases of “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies have a way of preventing pregnancy. He has since apologized many times over for the remark.

Politicians — including Romney — have called on Akin to end his bid for the U.S. Senate. He has declined.

The gender gap provides Obama an alternate narrative to the constant drumbeat by Republicans that the election will be a referendum on the still-reeling economy.

Though economic progress is the No. 1 issue, the pollster said it’s not the only issue for many. “For women voters, it’s not just going to be about the economy now,” Czuba said.

To read more, visit: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120822/POLITICS01/208220477#ixzz24KzHYlYa

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