President Obama has dropped quite a bit in Wisconsin versus former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney, but he’s still up three in a new survey from Public Policy Polling (D). Obama bests the rest of the GOP field by 7 to 14 points, despite an approval rating of 44 percent against 51 percent disapproval.
All the Republican candidates have horrible favorability numbers: not one goes over 35 percent, and the only one in the race without a unfavorable rating over 50 is Herman Cain, who clocks in at 42. And yet despite Wisconsin voters’ clear issues with the GOP field, the President still faces problems in the state.
In most states, the impact of the independent vote is overblown, but here they make up almost a third of voters. While exit polls report that Obama won them by 19 points in 2008, they favor Romney by four now. “Wisconsin is looking more and more like it might return to the swing state column next year,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Obama is persistently unpopular there and the recall elections over the summer showed how closely divided the state is.”