Steve Mitchell
Paul Welday
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2008

Romney Takes 2% Lead Over McCain
Huckabee Distant Third

Romney 29%, McCain 27%, Huckabee 12%

LANSING, Mich. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has taken a 2% lead over U.S. Sen. John McCain according to results of a tracking poll conducted Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Romney leads with 29% to McCain’s 27% with Mike Huckabee at 12%. Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul are getting 7%, Fred Thompson 4%, and Duncan Hunter 2%, among likely voters in the Michigan Republican Presidential Primary Election. Six percent say they will vote “uncommitted” while 5% are undecided.
The telephone tracking poll is being conducted by Mitchell Interactive. Mitchell Interactive is an East Lansing, Michigan and Washington, DC based national political polling and market research company. The survey of 582 likely Republican Presidential Primary voters was conducted January 10, 12 and 13, 2008. The survey has a margin of error of +-4.1% at the 95% level of confidence.
“As the undecided voters make up their minds, more are turning to Mitt Romney than to John McCain. We have also seen the participation among Republicans increase from 62% last night to 75% at the end of phoning tonight. That means that 75% of the voters taking part in the GOP Primary identify themselves as Republicans,” Steve Mitchell, president of Mitchell Interactive said.

Page 2 of 2 Mitchell Interactive Poll Results Republican Primary Voters 1/13/2008

“Voters since the New Hampshire Primary have all talked about change. However, when asked which is more important to voters in their presidential choice, ‘experience’ or ‘being an agent of change,’ almost seven in ten (69%) say experience while 20% say being an agent of change. Romney leads by 2% with those saying experience and he leads by more than 2:1 among those who say being an agent of change is most important in their presidential choice,” Mitchell concluded. .
The final night of tracking will be tomorrow night with results released before 10:00 PM.

Steve Mitchell has been the most accurate pollster in Michigan in the last four presidential campaigns. Polling for the Detroit News in the 2000 MI GOP Primary, his final polling correctly had John McCain winning over George W. Bush. Polling again for the Detroit News in the 2004 MI Dem Primary, his final polling correctly showed the top
four candidates in the order they finished and had John Kerry at 52%, his final margin.
In the 2000 General Election, his final poll had Gore leading by 5% in Michigan, he won by 5%. In the 2004 General Election, his final polling had Kerry leading by 2% in Michigan, he won by 3%. In his final national poll for WDIV-TV in Detroit, he had Bush winning by 4%, he won by 3%.