President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 in Michigan, according to a new survey released Tuesday from an in-state pollster.
The poll, conducted by Lansing, Mich.-based Marketing Resource Group, shows Obama leading Romney among likely voters, 47.5 percent to 42.3 percent.
Obama has long been the favorite in Michigan — despite Romney’s personal connection to the state — due in large part to his administration’s successful restructuring of the U.S. automakers. The poll shows that 61 percent of Michigan voters say they supported the federal government’s rescue of the auto companies, compared with just 32 percent who say they were opposed.
Obama’s approval and favorability ratings are also in positive territory. Fifty percent approve of the job the president is doing, while 46 percent disapprove. Additionally, 52 percent have a favorable view of Obama, compared with 44 percent who have an unfavorable view. Marketing Resource Group did not test Romney’s favorability rating in the poll.
The PollTracker Average shows Michigan favoring Obama, who currently leads Romney there by 5.7 points.