UNDATED (WSAU) For the first time an independent poll shows that Republican Mitt Romney leads President Obama in Wisconsin. Rasmussen Reports interviewed 500 likely voters on Tuesday, and they gave the former Massachusetts governor a 47-to-44-percent edge. 5-percent said they favored another candidate, and 4-percent were undecided.
In March Rasmussen had Obama leading his likely G-O-P challenger by 11 percent. Last month, the Marquette Law School poll had both candidates tied before Obama took a slight lead in late May.
The new Rasmussen poll comes a week after Republican Governor Scott Walker won his recall challenge by Democrat Tom Barrett. And Romney’s people said Walker’s victory could improve Romney’s chances of carrying the Badger State in November.
52-percent in the new Wisconsin poll disapproved of the job President Obama’s doing, while 47-percent gave him a favorable rating. Romney is viewed as favorable by 49-percent, and unfavorable by 45. Rasmussen said 58-percent of Wisconsin voters were excited about the Obama-Romney matchup, while 34-percent said they’d just be picking the lesser of two evils.
The poll’s margin of error is four-and-a-half percent either way.