PPP's newest Wisconsin poll finds Barack Obama opening back up a wide lead in the state. He has 52% to 45% for Mitt Romney. This is the largest lead we've found for Obama in the state since February. Our previous two polls had shown just a single point separating the two candidates.
One thing that's definitely not helping Romney is his comments about the '47%' this week. 86% of voters say they're familiar with what Romney said and 53% consider his comments to have been inappropriate, compared to only 40% who feel they were appropriate. 39% of independent voters say Romney's comments made them less likely to vote for him compared to only 20% who consider them a positive, and Obama's now opened up a 52-43 lead with independents.
The movement toward Obama in Wisconsin isn't all about Romney flubbing though. Obama's on pretty solid ground in his own right with 52% of voters approving of him to 47% who disapprove. That's up a net 9 points from a month ago when his approval spread was 46/50. Voters trust Obama more than Romney both on the issue of the economy (51/46) and on foreign policy (52/44).
It was initially thought that Paul Ryan could be a big boost for the GOP ticket in Wisconsin, but that's not really proving to be the case. Voters in the state are closely divided on him with 48% rating him favorably to 47% with an unfavorable opinion. That's slightly down from a 49/45 spread on our August Wisconsin poll. It's not likely that Ryan's actually going to hurt the ticket in the state, but with voters that evenly divided on him he's not going to help much either.
Finally 52% of Wisconsin voters think Romney should release 12 years of his tax returns to 39% who think he should not.
Full results here