New Public Policy Polling surveys in Wisconsin and Iowa, conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, find Barack Obama leading by 5 points in each state. In Iowa the spread is 50/45, representing a 3 point increase in Obama’s advantage compared to a week ago. In Wisconsin he’s at 51% to Mitt Romney’s 46%, almost identical to 51/45 on the previous poll.
Key findings from the surveys include:
-Obama has a 7 point lead with independent voters in each state, 47/40 in Iowa and 50/43 in Wisconsin.
-A majority of voters in each state has a favorable opinion of Obama, 50/46 in Iowa and 52/46 in Wisconsin. Meanwhile Romney draws negative reviews in each at 46/51 in Iowa and 47/49 in Wisconsin.
-Obama has a wide advantage over Romney on two key issues in each state. Voters trust him more than Romney to stand up for the middle class by a 52/45 margin in Iowa and a 52/46 one in Wisconsin. And they trust him more to protect Medicare as well, 50/43 in Iowa and 52/44 in Wisconsin.
-Obama’s already built up a wide lead among early voters in Iowa that may be hard for Romney to overcome. He’s up 64/35 with those who say they’ve already voted.
Full results here