President Barack Obama has established a solid 10-point lead over Mitt Romney in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press
reported Thursday, citing a new statewide poll of 600 likely voters.
According to the poll conducted Sept. 8-9, Obama enjoys the support of women in Michigan by a margin of 52 percent to 36 percent. He also holds a slight 2 percent lead among men.
But the more significant finding from the survey puts Obama's support among crucial independent voters in the state at 36 percent to Romney's 27 percent.
The poll conducted by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA for the Free Press, WXYZ-TV 7, and a several other media partners, marked an improvement for Obama over an August 28 statewide survey showing the president with a 49 percent to 46 percent lead over his Republican rival.
Bernie Porn, president of EPIC-MRA, told the Free Press that the Democratic National Convention last week in Charlotte likely played a role in helping to boost Obama's standing in Michigan, which is home to U.S. automakers.
"When the whole theme of the Democrats is Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive . . . that's got to help in Michigan and Ohio, and a couple other states as well," Porn said.
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