Fox News in Detroit reports that a new poll shows Mitt Romney pulling substantially ahead of Barack Obama in Michigan. Romney is a native of the state, but it looks from this poll as if adding Paul Ryan to the ticket pushed him over the top.
The poll, produced by Foster McCollum White Baydoun, showed Romney leading Obama in Michigan by 47 to 43 percent, which is just outside the poll’s 2.35 percent margin of error.
Paul Ryan was said to make Michigan voters more likely to vote for Romney by an 8 percent margin. Ryan’s budget proposals, which are not quite the same as Romney’s campaign proposals but remain a topic of intense interest, were viewed positively by a plurality of 48 percent.
Eric Foster, president of Foster McCollum White & Associates, said that “Romney has identified a clear game changer if his strategy is to divide the Midwest and blow a bugle in President Obama’s Midwestern Strategy.” It was not clear from his statement if “blow a bugle” is a metaphor commonly employed by Michigan pollsters, or if Foster made it up especially for this occasion.