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President Obama's lead cut to 3 in Wisconsin, poll says


NEW YORK (WTAQ) - Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly believe that Mitt Romney won last week’s debate – but they still plan to give President Obama the state’s 10 electoral votes.

That’s according to the latest poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University, CBS News, and the New York Times.

It shows that Obama’s lead was cut from 6 points to 3 in the Badger State since mid-September – but the president’s 50 to 47 edge is just outside of the poll’s 2.7 percent margin of error.

Almost two-thirds of the 1,300-plus likely voters in the Quinnipiac poll said the Republican Romney won his debate with Obama last week. And 49 percent believe that Janesville’s Paul Ryan will win his vice presidential debate Thursday night, while 32 percent believe incumbent Joe Biden will win.

44 percent of Wisconsinites believe the economy is the top issue. Health care is a distant second at 16 percent.

Wisconsin still has a huge gender gap in the race. Women prefer Obama 53-43, while men endorse Romney 51-46. Romney also has a slight 2 point edge among independent voters.

A majority of Wisconsinites polled said Obama would do better than Romney on health care, preserving Medicare, and helping the middle class – while Romney gets the edge on handling the budget deficit.

The Quinnipiac poll is looking at the swing states of Wisconsin, Virginia, and Colorado. Romney has a one-point lead in Colorado, while the president is up by 5 in Virginia. More voters than last month said that Romney cares about their needs and problems, but Obama still leads in that category.

The poll was taken from last Thursday through Tuesday.