Friday, June 15, 2012

Poll Watch: Rasmussen (R) Michigan 2012 Presidential Survey

Rasmussen (R) Michigan 2012 Presidential Poll
  • Barack Obama 50%
  • Mitt Romney 42%
  • Some other candidate 4%
  • Undecided 4%
Among Independents
  • Barack Obama 46%
  • Mitt Romney 34%
Among Men
  • Mitt Romney 46%
  • Barack Obama 43%
Among Women
  • Barack Obama 55%
  • Mitt Romney 39%
Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of Mitt Romney?
  • Very favorable 21%
  • Somewhat favorable 24%
  • Somewhat unfavorable 17%
  • Very unfavorable 35%
Favorable / Unfavorable {Net}
  • Mitt Romney 45% / 52% {-7%}
How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as president?
  • Strongly approve 32% (34%)
  • Somewhat approve 22% (19%)
  • Somewhat disapprove 8% (11%)
  • Strongly disapprove 37% (34%)
When looking at a choice between Obama and Romney, is it a choice you are excited about or will you simply be voting for the lesser of two evils?
  • Excited about choices 54%
  • Voting for lesser of two evils 38%
Note: Obama leads Romney 61% to 39% among voters who are excited about the race, while Romney leads 49% to 35% among those who will be choosing the lesser of two evils.

Who would do a better job managing the economy: Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?
  • Barack Obama 46%
  • Mitt Romney 42%
Survey of 500 likely voters was conducted June 14, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 4.5 percentage points. Results from the poll conducted February 1, 2012 are in parentheses.

Inside the numbers:
As has always been the case, Michigan voters are more supportive of the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler compared to voters on the national level. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Michigan voters regard the bailouts as a success, and 46% continue to say so even when told the government lost billions on the bailouts. Just 21% of Michigan voters believe the government made money on the bailouts; 35% say it lost money, and 28% think it pretty much broke even.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Michigan voters share a favorable impression of public employee unions, while nearly as many (45%) view them unfavorably. That's comparable to findings nationally. Obama draws strong support from Michigan voters who view public employee unions favorably, while Romney earns most of the vote from those with an unfavorable impression.

Voters in the Wolverine State are closely divided over the Republican’s business background: 41% say Romney’s track record in business is a reason to vote for him, but 43% see it as a reason to vote against him. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.

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