President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 in Wisconsin, a new poll released Thursday evening shows.
The latest poll from NBC News, Marist University and the Wall Street Journal shows Obama with a solid lead over Romney among likely voters in Wisconsin, 50 percent to 45 percent.
Obama's 5-point lead is slimmer than the margins shown by other polls out of Wisconsin this week, including one released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School that showed the president boasting a 14-point lead over Romney there. But Thursday's poll still cements Obama's increasingly strong standing in the Badger State. Fifty-one percent of likely voters have a favorable impression of Obama, compared with 44 percent who have an unfavorable view.
A plurality of Wisconsin voters, 46 percent, have an unfavorable view of Romney, compared with 43 percent who view the Republican nominee favorably. On the other hand, Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, is still personally popular among his fellow Wisconsinites: 49 percent have a favorable view of the House Budget Committee Chairman, compared with 40 percent who have an unfavorable view.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama leading Romney in Wisconsin, 51.1 percent to 44.7 percent.