President Obama has increased his lead over Mitt Romney in Michigan to 10 points, according to a new Detroit Free Press poll.
The president’s lead has gone up in Romney’s native state by 4 percentage points since July and now sits at 47 percent. Undecided voters remain high, however, at 16 percent.
Romney has tried to compete in the Great Lakes State, but the success of the auto bailout under the Obama administration and Romney’s initial position on it has hurt the Republican nominee.
Voters have a generally positive view of the president, as 52 percent view him favorably, while 45 percent view him negatively. This is slightly higher than Romney, who is viewed favorably by 44 percent of voters and negatively by 47 percent.
Obama’s job approval in the state remains low, however, sitting at 46 percent. This number has gone up by 2 points since July. Among those who said they were undecided, 47 percent would vote for Obama, while 37 percent would vote for Romney if the election were held today.
One of the areas that saw the greatest improvement was the number of voters who saw the U.S. going in the right direction. Gaining 10 points since July, 41 percent of Michiganders see the country going in the right direction. However, 51 percent view the country as going in the wrong direction.
The poll was conducted from Sept. 8-11 among 600 people with a margin of error of 4 percentage points. Among those polled, 43 percent identified themselves as Democrats, while 38 percent said they were Republicans.