Exit poll: Union voters power Obama in Wisconsin

Elections 2012 CBS

The polls have just closed in Wisconsin, which CBS News is reporting leans toward President Obama. The exit poll shows that he has union households to thank: While the candidates are split among non-union households, Mr. Obama has a 66 percent to 33 percent lead among the one in five voters who say someone in their household belongs to a labor union.

There is a big gender gap in Wisconsin: The president leads by 11 points among women, while Romney leads by four percentage points among men. Eighty-seven percent of voters in Wisconsin are white, and Romney is winning them 52 percent to 47 percent. But Mr. Obama holds huge leads among the seven percent of voters who are black (93 percent to 6 percent) and the three percent who are Latino (63 percent to 35 percent).

Thirty-six percent of voters identify as Democrat, 33 percent as Republican, and 31 percent as independent. The two candidates are evenly splitting independent voters.

Mr. Obama is winning the 43 percent of voters making less than $50,000 by 62 percent to 36 percent. Romney is winning the 21 percent of voters making $100,000 or more 63 percent to 35 percent.

One in two Wisconsin voters favor increasing income tax rates on those making over $250,000 per year, as Mr. Obama proposes. One in three do not want those taxes increased.

Seven in 10 voters say the nation's economy is in not so good or poor condition, though more than half blame George W. Bush for the nation's current economic problems.

Fifty-two percent of voters say they have positive feelings about the Obama administration. Fifty percent of voters say they have an unfavorable opinion of Mitt Romney, and 52 percent say his policies would favor the rich. Fifty-four percent say they approve of Republican Scott Walker's performance as governor.

Ten percent of voters made up their minds in the past few days. Wisconsin is the home state of Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.

This is an early exit poll and does not reflect the final exit poll.

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