Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely Wisconsin voters 52 percent to 45 percent in the latest survey from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling.
It's the largest lead the president has had in the firm's surveys since February. Its last two polls had the two candidates separated by a single point.
The automated phone survey of 842 likely voters was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, the first poll out this week that went into the field after Romney’s comments about 47 percent of voters supporting the president no matter what because they are dependent upon government and consider themselves victims.
Eighty-six percent of those polled said they were familiar with the remarks, and 53 percent considered them inappropriate, compared to 40 percent who viewed them as appropriate. Among independents, 39 percent said the comments made them less likely vote for Romney, compared to 20 percent who considered them a positive. The president led 52-43 among independents in the survey.
Obama’s approval rating split was 52-47, up from 46-50 a month ago, and voters trust Obama more on the economy (51-46) and foreign policy (52-44).
Dems are also starting to match the enthusiasm of Republicans with 65 percent saying they’re “very excited” about voting this fall compared to 63 percent of Republicans saying the same.
Meanwhile, voters in the poll were split on GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan of Janesville with 48 percent rating him favorably and 47 percent saying they had an unfavorable opinion of him. In August, his split was 49-45.
The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.