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- The Detroit News
Based on his three debate performances and an appeal to the middle of the electorate, poll respondents gave Romney a second look. “He became a viable alternative,” Czuba said.
Karen Shineldecker, an independent voter and schoolteacher, is among those Romney can count on.
“Our economy is in such dire straits at this point,” said Shineldecker, 43, of Ludington. “Romney is better equipped to lead the nation since he ran his own business and has to balance a budget. If someone is going to fix our economy, it should be a successful businessman.”
In the final week before Election Day, the Michigan polling looks much like the tight contest in 2004 when John Kerry beat President George W. Bush by about 3 points, Czuba said, rather than 2008 when Obama beat U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona by more than 16 points. No Republican has won Michigan since 1988. And no president has been born in Michigan — two trends Romney hopes to change.
Romney gets economic edge
Obama has maintained his lead among likely voters on handling foreign affairs and better understanding their values, but for the first time Romney has a slight edge on handling the economy.
Also new in this poll, Romney now has a more favorable impression than unfavorable among likely voters at 44.7 percent favorable. Obama’s favorable rating is 47.8 percent.