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Poll: President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 8 points in Wisconsin

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement in the White House Briefing Room in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement in the White House Briefing Room in Washington

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A new poll gives President Obama an eight-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Wisconsin's presidential race.

Just over 700 registered voters were surveyed in the first Marquette Law School poll.

48 percent favored the Democrat Obama for a second term, while 40 percent supported former Massachusetts governor Romney.

The poll did not list any other head-to-head matchups involving other GOP White House hopefuls.

Republicans are trying to get Wisconsin to carry their nominee for the first time since Ronald Reagan's second term in 1984.

State voters are split on Obama's job performance. 47 percent approved, and 47 percent disapproved.

One-third of the Wisconsinites surveyed thought the economy had gotten worse in the last year, and only 22 percent said it got better. But 36 percent expect an improvement in 2012.

70 percent of those polled believe the nation's on the wrong track -- but 50 percent said Wisconsin appears to be on the right track, while 46 percent disagree.

The poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.8 percent. 

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