(WZZM) - A new Michigan poll shows President Barack Obama holding a 5.5% lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
The poll, commissioned by WZZM 13, WDIV - TV, and The Detroit News shows Obama leading Romney in Michigan 47.5% to Romney's 42%, with 9.3% undecided. The margin of error in the poll is 4%.
The poll shows Obama and Romney are virtually tied amongst male voters and voters over the age of 65, but women favor Obama 50.4% to 39.0%. Romney holds a narrow lead of 41.3%-38.7% among Independent voters.
Voters were also asked whether Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has impacted the race. 24.3% of the respondents said they were more likely to vote for Romney, 21.3% were more likely to vote for Obama and 53.3% said it had no impact on their vote.
The two candidates were in a virtual tie over who would do a better job of handling the nation's economy, with Romney edging Obama 45.8% to 45.0%.
Asked, "Which candidate for President do you think would do a better job of understanding your values?" Obama led Romney 50.2% to 39.3%.
U.S. Senate Race
In the Michigan U.S. Senate race, Senator Debbie Stabenow holds a 47.5% to 40.3% lead over GOP challenger Pete Hoekstra. The poll showed that 16.0% of voters have not heard of Hoekstra. Male voters again were in a statistical tie in the Senate race, but Stabenow holds a significant advantage in female voters. Stabenow also leads in the poll among Independent voters by a margin of 49.3% to 33.4%.
The poll asked voters, on a scale of one to ten, how excited they were to cast a ballot in this year's Presidential Election.
"Strong" Republicans and "strong" Democrats were equally motivated at 8.2. "Leaning" Republicans were slightly more excited than "leaning" Democrats, 7.8 to 7.0.
Geographically, voters in Southwest Michigan were the most motivated at 8.6, followed by Detroit voters, 8.4 and Wayne County, 8.0.
The least motivated voters were in the Tri Cities region 6.5, the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan, 7.3, and the suburban rim around Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, 7.3.
The poll by the Glengariff Group was conducted August 18-20 of 600 likely Michigan voters. The poll was conducted by phone, with 20% of the calls being made to cell phones.
More details about ballot proposals and approval ratings will be released Thursday night at 11pm.
We'll have more details on later editions of WZZM 13 News.