New Marquette Law School Poll results

Final pre-election poll shows President leading Romney


by Mike Strehlow

Milwaukee--The final Marquette Law School Poll before the election shows President Obama with an 8-point lead over Republican Nominee Mitt Romney.

The poll of 1243 likely voters conducted last Thursday thru Sunday found 51 percent voting for the President, 43 percent for Romney.

A previous poll released two weeks ago showed the race virtually a dead heat with Obama leading 49 to 48 percent.

The biggest swing was among independents. Romney held a 49 to 45 percent advantage in the October 17th poll. Two weeks later, a reversal with Obama now receiving a greater share of the independent vote, 46 to 41 percent.

Romney's changes improve if less interested voters stay home. Among those who are both likely to vote and also follow politics closely, the margin is just two points at 48 to 46 percent.

Among the 10 percent who said they had voted early, 56 percent said they had cast a ballot for the President, 36 percent for Romney.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2-point-8 percentage points.


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