Raleigh, N.C. – President Obama’s approval rating in Wisconsin is unchanged from when PPP last polled the state two months ago. 44% still approve, and 51% still disapprove. But of the 25 states PPP has polled this year that Obama should either win or hopes to play in, only four see him worse than the Badger State—North Carolina, Ohio, Nevada, and Iowa, all of which give him a 9-point net negative rating, only two points worse than Wisconsin. The president now leads his top challenger, Mitt Romney, by only three points here, and he tops all but one of the other five tested by smaller margins than the 14 points by which he beat John McCain in 2008.
Obama leads Romney, 46-43, down a hair from a five-point advantage (47-42) in August. He has also declined against newly risen Herman Cain, from a 14-point lead (50-36) to half that (49-42). Obama leads Ron Paul by nine, 48-39; Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann each by 11 (50-39 and 51-40, respectively); and Newt Gingrich by 14 (52-38).