Rasmussen: Wisconsin is tied; USAction: Obama by 5

Two new polls out today give conflicting takes on the presidential race in Wisconsin.

A Rasmussen Reports poll shows the race in Wisconsin tied at 49 percent each for President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The poll includes 500 likely voters and has a 4.5 percentage points margin of error. Rasmussen uses an automated survey method.

A poll by Project New America and USAction found Obama leading by 5 in Wisconsin, 48 to Romney’s 43.

The poll includes 500 likely voters and has a 4.4 percentage points margin of error. The poll was conducted by interviewers and included cell phones, according to a memo released with the results.

Neither source is considered an independent polling firm, so again I’ll give you the latest averages: Obama up 2.3 on Romney according to Real Clear Politics and Obama up 1.7 on Romney according to Talking Points Memo.

Those averages don’t yet include the Project New America and USAction poll that showed Obama leading.

About Kathleen Foody

Investigative reporter for Gannett Wisconsin Media, based in Wausau. Follow me on Twitter @katie_foody, Facebook www.facebook.com/kathleenfoodywdh or e-mail at kfoody@gannett.com.
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