Exclusive survey results: Where Michigan voters stand week before election

WDIV Local 4, Detroit News commission latest survey of Michigan voters 1 week before November election

Published On: Oct 30 2012 10:39:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2012 12:27:20 AM EDT

The Presidential election is just one week away.

Ahead of the Nov. 6 general election, The Glengariff Group, Inc. conducted a 600-sample survey of likely 2012 Michigan General Election voters. The live operator telephone survey was conducted from October 27-29, 2012. (Saturday afternoon through Monday).

-- 80% of the survey respondents were contacted via land-line. 

-- 20% of survey respondents were contacted via cellphone. 

The survey has a margin of error of +/-4.0% with a 95% level of confidence. 

This survey was commissioned by WDIV Local 4 and the Detroit News.

Respondents were asked each of the following questions. The corresponding survey results are shown below.

Thinking about the upcoming Presidential election in November, would you say you are definitely voting, probably voting, probably not voting, or would you say you are definitely not voting?

Definitely voting 98.2% 
Probably voting     1.8%

Do you plan to vote in person, by absentee ballot, or have you already cast an absentee ballot?


In person                77.5%
Absentee                  7.5%
Already voted          15.0%

Generally speaking, would you say the nation is on the right track or would you say things have gotten off on the wrong track?


Right track             40.0%
Wrong track           51.2%
Don’t Know             8.5%

If the election for President of the United states were held today and Barack Obama was the Democratic candidate, Mitt Romney was the Republican candidate, Virgil Goode Jr. was the US Taxpayers Party candidate, Jill Stein was the Green Party candidate, and Ross Anderson was the Natural Law Party candidate, who would you vote for to be the President of the United States?


Obama        47.7%
Romney      45.0%
Stein 0.7%
Anderson 0.3%

Which candidate for President do you think would do a better job of handling our nation’s economy, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? 


Obama               43.8%
Romney           47.3%
Both the same      2.3%

Which candidate for President do you think would do a better job of handling our nation’s foreign affairs, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?


Obama             49.7%
Romney           41.5%
Both the same 1.8%

Which candidate for President do you think would do a better job understanding your values, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?


Obama             48.0%
Romney           42.7%
Both the same 1.2%

If the election for United States Senator was held today and Debbie Stabenow was the Democratic candidate and Pete Hoekstra was the Republican candidate, would you vote for Pete Hoekstra or Debbie Stabenow to be United States Senator for Michigan?  


Stabenow 52.4%
Hoekstra 37.5%
Undecided 9.2%