If the Michigan Presidential Primary was held today, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would win with ease. But with the February 28 contest still more than two months away, the rest of the GOP candidates continue to play musical chairs trying to catch him.
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now the strongest challenger to Romney in Michigan. In an exclusive WXYZ-TV Poll, Romney would win 34-percent of the vote compared to Gingrich at 20-percent and businessman Herman Cain at 13-percent.
Romney has more support from younger Republican voters and Gingrich does well with older voters who are highly educated. Since only GOP voters can cast a ballot in the Michigan GOP Primary, it should be noted that the margin of error rate for this portion of the poll is 6.1 percent instead of the 4.0 margin of error for the overall survey.
Actually, all you have to do is walk in and say you're a Republican and you can cast a ballot. Heh. So it's the Democrats who need to decide who their candidate is. (I keed! I keed!)
Here's a surprising number:
Also, when respondents were asked if Michigan were on the right track, 33 percent said yes while 54 percent are convinced the state is headed in the wrong direction.
Um, someone needs to tell the Republicans that they are running the entire show now. If you don't like the "direction" of the state, then maybe you need to go check out the mirror...
(caveat: reading through the script/stats, looks like they did include Dems and Indies on the right/wrong track questions)