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Obama Leads Romney by 8 Points in New Marquette Poll

Marquette University released the last poll results before the Nov. 6 election on Wednesday.

The race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney appears to be shifting once again, according to a new Marquette University poll.

Obama leads Romney by eight points in the latest poll results, 51 percent to 43 percent in the state.

with Obama garnering 49 percent of respondents' votes to Romney's 48 percent.

This poll was conducted after all presidential debates were held, and Professor Charles Franklin, director of the polling project, said the polls reflect how well voters feel their candidate performed.

Among most interested likely voters, Obama still retains the lead, albeit a much smaller one with 48 points to Romney's 46 percent.

When it comes to the US Senate candidates, Democrat Tammy Baldwin comes out on top once again. Two weeks ago, former Gov. Tommy Thompson led Baldwin by just a point, 46 to 45 percent.

Now, Baldwin is garnering 47 percent of the vote, while Thompson gets 43 percent of the vote, just outside the margin of error.

Voters who are classified as the most intersted likely voters still choose Baldwin over Thompson, but only by a point; 47 percent to 46 percent.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 25-28, 2012 amongst 1,243 likely voters by landline and cell phone with a 2.8 percent margin of error.

A total of 1,404 registered voters were interviewed and that sample has a 2.7 percent margin of error.

Zigmond November 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I guess I will stay home on Tuesday instead of voting R+R. But wait! why is Obama spending so much time here? MSM BS shoveled by way of an Obama/2012 university.
Michael McClusky November 01, 2012 at 11:55 PM
@Bob McBride You honestly don't believe that the budgetary mess will be rectified without campaign finance reform, do you? The Republicans and Democrats have already sold out to their special interest masters. Washington is such a filthy place that it would take an outside force to clean it all up. The first order of business should be to find a very intelligent and honest individual to look through the federal books in order for us to see what those rascals are really up to. Both sides cook the books for their own advantages. Then we'll finally see how both of those parties have betrayed the country. Plain and simple.
Bob McBride November 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I don't even know where to start with you. Have either of you guys been close enough to a major campaign to observe some of the workings? I have. I've been fortunate at different points in my life to know people who worked with presidential, gubernatorial and mayoral campaigns at the level where money changes hands, candidate itineraries are arranged, candidates are transported and babysat, etc. I've met some of the candidates and their families myself and hung out with some of them (family members - presidential) on one occasion. I'm telling you, if you think you're dealing with puppets who are gonna roll over because of "campaign finance reform" (as well as that's worked in the past, btw), you've got another think coming. These people didn't get to where they are by being puppets. This isn't some Dr. Evil operation run out of a volcano island hideaway where the heads of corporations meet to unleash candidate-bots on the world. These are professional, smart people who have gotten where they are for the most part by being just that and being better by degrees (and in some cases, just luckier) than thousands who are their near equals. You guys live in some dream world you've created where truth, justice and the American way wins out over corruption. And all you have to do is get your guy, front and center, and the nation's gonna see how different he is and demand change - if we can just get that darn campaign finance reform... jesus...
Lyle Ruble November 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
@Michael McClusky...You need to listen to Bob McBride because he is telling you the truth. I too have worked on campaigns and it's not about the little guy and it certainly isn't about some strange ideology that is going to change the entire system. This is a game of power and control. Those that have the money have the power and control. This is a plutocracy at work.
Michael McClusky November 02, 2012 at 01:08 AM
@Bob McBride After the Citizens' United case of 2010 things will only get worse with time. The American people will become less and less of a factor of what goes on in Washington. Heck, it was bad enough before that case. No one can truly say what the hell these candidates actually intend because they are told to be as vague as possible. Corporations are people- they are selling a product that is not for us to know. Romney and Obama lack integrity because both flip-flop on any issue that might come up. They are there to win. They aren't about substance. And you support this charade.
Lyle Ruble November 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@Michael McClusky....Since when has it mattered in DC what the citizens want? The Citizens United decision hasn't changed the basic system that has been present. Special interests have always controlled the government. If you read Madison in the Federalist Papers, he saw this as a way to bring balance to government to have competing interests. This is part of his belief in checks and balances. We have been set up in a dichotomy from the very beginning. You seem to be pretty naive about this whole thing.
Bob McBride November 02, 2012 at 03:19 AM
It's not a matter of worse. It's always been this way. CU exists thanks to attempts to control "campaign finance" as much as anything. The complaints about the influence of money, etc. have been going on forever. CU's just the latest focal point for those who don't seem to understand that or don't want to admit it. Last year I spent most of the year clearing out the family home, in the process going through a number of periodicals and newspapers. If you'd taken the dates and names off of them you'd be hard pressed to tell the stories in them from those we read today. None of this is new. The system, as goofy as it is, works as it always has. The challenges we face today that we can't seem to grapple with successfully have to do with technological innovation and a shifting global economic balance of power. We either can't or won't acknowledge that. Instead we'd rather waste time focusing on stuff that's not going to change and, even if it did, wouldn't address those challenges successfully. It's not a matter of supporting it. It is what it is and, frankly, you've presented nothing that indicates you even understand it, much less possess the ability to change it. You work with what you've got and focus on the real issues. You don't start tearing things apart in search of something that isn't there, never was and never will be.
Steve ® November 02, 2012 at 03:33 AM
They had it right on the Blue fister recall temper tantrum but are way off on this poll. Proof is in your post.
Michael McClusky November 02, 2012 at 03:48 AM
@Lyle The difference now is that the federal government has absolutely no money. It is caving in before our eyes and the corporate elite laughs, demanding more tax cuts and more ridiculous trade pacts. The presidents of the late 1800's were inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. The guilded age, the robber barons. We are there again. Someone once said that a republic cannot last along with a plutocracy. One must fall so that the other can thrive.
Michael McClusky November 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
@Bob McBride Both parties are flops. Both of them are incapable and unwilling to actually do what is right for the country. They can't make meaningful spending cuts, they can't raise revenues, and they can't re-examine the assinine trade pacts that we have made in the last 20 years. They are content with the status quo because their masters make a hell of a lot of money on the deal. Short term gain is all that matters. You know- quarterly profit reports.
James R Hoffa November 02, 2012 at 04:43 AM
@Bren - "Who, in the reality-based world, didn't expect some retaliatory gestures from antisocial forces?" Apparently, our current President and Commander in Chief, Barack Obama (D), and our current Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton (D), who both failed to order increased security in the region, especially on the anniversary of 9/11, despite receiving repeated requests for increased security from Ambassador Stephens himself. So, if we follow your logic here, then according to you both Obama and Clinton must not live in the same "reality-based world" as the rest of us, right? Does this mean that you'll be voting Romney/Ryan?
Bob McBride November 02, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Michael, I've done very little digging into the Libertarian party. I'm going to say that, based on this discussion, I'm not encouraged to do much more digging into it. I don't sense any better understanding of what's changed over the past 20-30 years in this nation, what's at the core of the issues we face today or of a direction forward. Perhaps some of it might make sense. Certainly at the local level there's a lot of room for improvement and positions are not so hotly contested on a party affiliation basis. I would suggest starting there, build a reputation for making improvements (if you guys can) and then you may have something to move up the ranks with. Make people want what you can provide instead of relying on trashing the competition and trying to play spoiler. I don't think the public is really looking for more disagreeable noise at this point and that seems to be the road you guys are choosing - if I'm to go by I'm experiencing here.
Michael McClusky November 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
@Bob McBride The Democrats want to raise federal spending by 4.5% while the Republicans want to raise it by 3%, The Libertarians want to actually reduces federal spending. The Republicans and Democrats want to maintain our military presence all over the world. The Libertarians want to actually pull our troops out of most places- the Cold War is over. The Libertarians want to reduce federal spending in our communities and therefore reduce the fed's power and influence. The Libertarians openly question the independence of the Federal Reserve. They feel that this institution will lead to our ruin. In essence, the federal government can no longer afford the same old programs and policies. It is time to pull back on the size of it.
Bob McBride November 02, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Based on that list that you've laid out there on your own and taking into account that Johnson has a better chance of getting struck by lightening 3 times in a matter of 30 minutes than he does of winning this year's presidential election, you should probably vote for Romney rather than giving Obama a freebie.
morninmist November 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Lovely. Springsteen to appear with Obama at Madison rally Monday Throngs of President Barack Obama's supporters applaud following his campaign address at Bascom Hill on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Throngs of President Barack Obama's supporters applaud following his campaign address at Bascom Hill on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Enlarge Photo Madison police are preparing for a second visit by President Barack Obama in just over a month, and the Monday visit will include an appearance by rocker Bruce Springsteen, the Associated Press reported. Spokesman Joel DeSpain said police are working with the Secret Service on a security plan for a rally by Obama on Monday, the day before the presidential election. Past presidential visits have involved several hundred officers from Madison and other area law enforcement agencies, DeSpain said. The Obama campaign confirmed Monday’s visit but did not release any further details. In October 2004, presidential candidate John Kerry drew a crowd estimated at 80,000 people to a Downtown rally with Springsteen. http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/springsteen-to-appear-with-obama-at-madison-rally-monday/article_854c6e9c-2439-11e2-a96e-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2B4yA72ln
JustinH November 02, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Just goes to show how scared Obama is that Wisconsin might not give him the Electoral Votes he's hoping for.
morninmist November 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Mitt is lying on the Monster Fear rhetoric today.--that is what I call scared! Meanwhile: The greenvilleonline.com reports that Mitt Romneys first two rallies in Virginia on thursday were strikingly smaller than similar events just two weeks ago with large empty spaces and crowds totaling no more than 2,500 a stark contrast to the droves that attended rallies in places like Chesapeake and Leesburg following Romney's successful performance in the presidential debates. The final rally, at an amphitheater in Virginia Beach on Thursday evening, was significantly larger than the earlier events. President Obamas campaign last week thursday Oct 25th in Richmond, VA had a crowd of 15,000. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/02/1154137/-Romney-campaign-crowds-getting-smaller
C T November 02, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Does morninmist have meaningful employment? That person spends more time posting BS from KOS than I do working 2 jobs!
morninmist November 03, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Good way for Pres. Obama to start the final weekend. PaulPimentel ‏@PaulPimentel Obama's chance of winning at 83% http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com #p2 #1u #ctl #wiunion #wiright #tcot Retweeted by Gomer W Howard
Bren November 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Mr. Hoffa, what would be the local reaction to increasing U.S. military presence in the region? In the country? To the people in the region who support (fund/protect) terrorists? You have no idea.
oak creek resident November 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
JustinH don't feed the ignorant scum sucking troll that is morninmist, better off just ignoring it all together.
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
This just in: The Anti-Alinsky's boss just informed The Anti-Alinsky that insurance premiums will be going up 12% next year! 12%!!! If this is change we can count on maybe The Anti-Alinsky should move to a less restrictive country, like Russia!
Bewildered November 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Romney crowds "strikingly smaller"? Lets see....thousands ( yes, with an "s") turned away at State Fair and last nite in Ohio a crowd of 30,000 all to see Mitt ( without any warm up acts). Kinda blows wind out of your sails, huh? BTW, Crazy Uncle Joe drew 2,500. Even MSNBC is talking about Romney momentum and trends. 3 more day!
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO RE-ELECT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA ==================================================== 10)Obamacare has increased my insurance premiums by 12% just for next year! 9)2009 Apology tour. (where were Springteen and Katy Perry then?) 8)27% more each year in Federal spending 7)Government Motors 6)Jobs created by B.O.'s stimulus only cost us $110,000/job (if you believe B.O.'s jobs numbers) 5)Median household income down $4,000/yr 4)46.7 MILLION people on food stamps. 3)Deficit doubled, not halved. 2) 6 TRILLION in new debt (3 times Bush's rate) and the number 1 reason not to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1) Unemployment still at 7.9%. (not counting people that gave up looking)
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
TOP TEN REASONS TO ELECT MITT ROMNEY ==================================== 10) Improved Massachusettes economy while Governor 9) Knows how to create jobs (actually that's all we need, but let's continue) 8) Has proven he can work with others across the aisle (instead of ramming bad legislation through without reading it or letting other's read it) 7) Will repeal Obamacare (maybe I can get my 12% back) 6) Went out of his way to hire qualified women in his cabinet 5) Will ease burdensome regulations that hurt this economy while keeping productive ones in place 4) Not only delivered a budget, but balanced it four times. 3) Actually had a plan to improve the United States 2) Will put United States interests ahead of all else and the number 1 reason to elect Mitt Romney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1) Unemployment still at 7.9%. (not counting people that gave up looking)
Colter95 November 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 06, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Obama is wrong on the economy, wrong on Benghazi, and wrong on the auto bailout. The time for real change is NOW!! Cut, paste, read, and forward!! http://www.policymic.com/articles/14285/obama-lies-obama-auto-bailout-did-not-rescue-detroit http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/ http://twitchy.com/2012/10/23/obama-lies-about-romneys-position-on-auto-bailouts-conservatives-hit-back/ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2012/10/26/letterman-slams-obama-auto-bailout-lie-followed-maddow-parroting-same- Romney/Ryan 2012
Beth Norquist November 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Mr. Hoffa, Obviously, you are terrible at predictions. Keep your day job!
Bob McBride November 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Hey, the election is over. Can all you spamming idiots, regardless of which side of the fence you're on, please just crawl back under the rocks from whence you came?

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