Poll: Obama holds 5-point leads in Iowa, Wisconsin

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In each state, Obama enjoys a 7-point edge with crucial independent voters, with a 47-40 split in Iowa and a 50-43 edge in Wisconsin.

Both states view Obama favorably and Romney negatively. In Iowa, 50 percent view Obama favorably, to 46 percent unfavorable. In Wisconsin Obama is viewed positively by a 52-46 split.

Romney, however, is under water at 46-51 unfavorable in Iowa, 47-49 in Wisconsin.

Asked which candidate would do more to stand up for the middle class, 52 percent of Iowa voters tabbed Obama and 45 Romney. In Wisconsin, voters preferred the president on this issue as well, 52-46.

Both campaigns have signaled a drive to capture Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes this year, with Romney deploying his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to his home state on Tuesday to attend a storm-relief event for Hurricane Sandy victims. Ryan will attend additional events in the state Wednesday.

Vice President Biden spoke in Wisconsin on Friday and former President Bill Clinton is slated to speak there this week.

The polls were conducted from Oct. 29-30 and margins of error are 3 points for Wisconsin and 4 for Iowa.