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A new poll released today by USAction and our partner Project New America shows President Obama with a 48 to 41 percent lead over Gov. Mitt Romney in Michigan.

The new survey refutes the narrative advanced by the Romney campaign that Michigan somehow is a competitive state. A key finding in the poll is that a majority of voters believe Obama will be better for the automobile industry. When asked which candidate would be better, voters chose Obama, 53 to 34 percent – a hefty 19-point advantage.

More below the fold.

Other significant findings from the poll:

Obama has a double-digit lead in the early vote – 49 to 39 percent among people who already have voted.

By 50 to 38 percent, respondents chose Obama as the candidate who will “work to rebuild the middle class economy.”

Obama has a significant lead among women – 50 to 39 percent – but he also has a narrow lead among men – 46 to 43 percent.

Obama leads voters under 50 — 51 to 39 percent — but he also leads voters over 50, 46 to 43 percent.

The poll was commissioned by USAction and Project New America and conducted by Grove Insight. It measured 500 respondents Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Thursday, Nov. 1 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent. The survey included cell phone users.

USAction and Project New America also asked a series of issue questions pertaining to Medicare, Social Security, job outsourcing and job creation. By overwhelming margins, voters oppose cutting Medicare and Social Security, favor creating jobs by investing in repair of roads, bridges and schools, and support ending tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas and replacing them with tax incentives to create jobs in the U.S.

USAction is polling through the weekend in battleground states and will release additional polls over the next three days.

To see a memo summarizing the Michigan results, go here.

Cross-posted at USAction.

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