New Public Policy Polling surveys in Wisconsin and Iowa, conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, find Barack Obama expanding his lead in both states following his debate victory on Monday. In Wisconsin he leads 51-45, up from a 49-47 margin three weeks ago. In Iowa he’s now ahead by a 49-47 spread, a slight improvement from 49-48 last weekend.
Key findings from the surveys include:
-Obama hold small leads with independent voters in both states, 48/43 in Wisconsin and 47/46 in Iowa. The Iowa numbers represent a 9 point improvement for him from last weekend when he trailed 51/43 with independents.
-Obama holds a wide advantage over Romney in both states in terms of who voters trust more to protect Medicare. He leads 52/45 on that front in Wisconsin and 50/45 in Iowa. Voters also trust him more to stand up for the middle class, by a 52/44 spread in Wisconsin and a 51/46 one in Iowa.
-In Iowa Obama is already building up a substantial lead during the early voting period. 34% of voters say they’ve already cast their ballots and 68% of them report having supported Obama to only 32% for Romney. Romney does have a 55/39 lead with those yet to vote.
Full results here