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Marquette poll: President Obama holds 11 point lead over Mitt Romney

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Cuyahoga Community College West Campus in Parma, Ohio, near Cleveland, September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Cuyahoga Community College West Campus in Parma, Ohio, near Cleveland, September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A new poll shows that President Obama still has a double digit lead in Wisconsin, going into his first debate Wednesday night with Republican Mitt Romney.

The latest Marquette Law School poll gives the Democratic incumbent a 53 to 42 percent advantage over his challenger. That’s a slightly narrower lead than the last Marquette poll released September 19th, when Obama had 14 point advantage.

Poll director Charles Franklin says independents are swaying back and forth between the two candidates – and these days, they’re tipping toward the president.

Independents favored Obama over Romney 49 to 40 percent in the new poll, whereas the president was up by just 2 points in the previous Marquette poll.

There’s still a gender gap in the race. Women favor Obama 61-36 percent in the latest survey, while men favor Romney 49-44.

The Marquette poll was taken last Tuesday through Friday using both landlines and cell phones.

The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.3 percent.

Obama is scheduled to speak at UW-Madison Thursday, and Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan has a fundraiser planned on Saturday night in Milwaukee. 

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