President Obama has recovered slightly in Michigan after his performance in the second presidential debate. Obama leads 52 percent to Republican candidate Mitt Romney's 46 percent in a new poll commissioned by the Detroit Free Press and conducted by in-state pollster EPIC-MRA. That's up from Obama's 48 percent to 45 percent lead over Romney in EPIC's poll from last week. From their report:
Perhaps more importantly for Obama, he has continued to hold an edge among women voters, who supported him by a 55%-43% margin. Among men the race was statistically even with Obama leading 50%-49%.
Obama also led among every age group except those 35-49.
If the president showed a weakness anywhere, it was among independent voters – where he led 48%-46% with 6% undecided. A closer look indicated that while the margin for the president was greater among independent men — 7 percentage points — independent women favored Romney 48%-44% (though that was inside the margin of error for that subset).
Obama has maintained a lead in the PollTracker Average of the presidential race in Michigan throughout the campaign.