Palinmania strikes Michigan. Obama barely holds 1 point lead there


PUBLIC POLICY POLL (PDF FILE)

Obama barely leads in Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. – On the heels of a successful Republican convention Barack Obama’s lead in Michigan is down to just a single point. He has a 47-46 advantage over John McCain.

The selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate appears to be a hit with Michigan voters. 45% of respondents say they are more likely to vote for McCain because of his running mate selection, while just 30% say Joe Biden joining the
Democratic ticket makes them more likely to vote for Barack Obama.
“There’s no doubt that the Palin choice shook up the race a good deal,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “The big question now is whether this tightening we’re seeing in Michigan is just part of a convention bounce, or a sign that the state is going to be extremely competitive right through November. If it is, that spells
trouble for Barack Obama.”
The race breaks down pretty much as one expects. Obama leads with women, blacks, and voters under 45. McCain has the edge with men, whites, and older voters. The candidates are tied with independent voters.

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