Obama takes 52 percent support over Romney at 45, an 8 percentage point swing in favor of the president from the previous PPP survey. In late August, PPP found that Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate had propelled the GOP ticket to a 1-point lead over Obama.
Eighty-six percent of Wisconsin voters said they had heard about Romney’s “47 percent” comments, and 53 percent said they were inappropriate, versus 40 who said they were appropriate.
Obama has opened up a 52 to 43 percent lead over Romney among independent voters in the state, 39 percent of whom said Romney’s “47 percent” remarks made them less likely to vote for him.
Ryan was previously the only candidate to register a positive favorability rating in the Wisconsin, but Obama has since surpassed him. Fifty-two percent say they approve of the job the president is doing, versus 47 who disapprove. That’s up from 46 approval and 52 disapproval last month.
Ryan is down slightly, to 48 favorable and 47 unfavorable.
Wisconsin is one of 12 battleground states — the others are Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire — that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.
Wisconsin hasn't backed a Republican for president since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Obama leads by 6 in Wisconsin, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.
The survey of 842 likely Wisconsin voters was conducted between Sept. 18-19 and has a 3.4 percentage point margin of error.