September 21, 2012, 5:00 PM GMT+0

Republican challenger Mitt Romney leads Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama by six percentage points in Georgia, at 50%-44%, in a poll of 1,102 registered voters statewide, conducted by YouGov.

In Georgia:

Partisan loyalty is strong on both sides, as 95% of Democrats are sticking with Obama and 93% of Republicans are voting for Romney.

Independents favor Romney by nearly 2-to-1, 59%-30%.

Women slightly favor Obama by 50%-45%, while men favor Romney by 54%-39%.

Obama has a strong lead in the Atlanta metro area (65%-32%) and a nominal two-point lead in the Southwest (49%-47%).

Romney has a strong lead in the North (67%-27%) and good leads in the Atlanta Exurbs and Southeast regions (55%-37% and 50%-41% respectively).

The oldest voters age 65+ are strongly in favor of Romney (73%-26%) while the youngest voters tend to favor Obama (57%-31%).

Voters in Georgia are closely split on the vote for U.S. House, with 40% intending to vote for the Democratic candidate for the House in their district, and 39% for the Republican.

The poll was conducted online September 7-14, 2012.

Sampling method: Respondents were selected from YouGov’s panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by age, gender, race, education, and region) was selected from the 2005–2007 American Community Study. Voter registration, turnout, religion, news interest, minor party identification, and non-placement on an ideology scale, were imputed from the 2008 Current Population Survey Registration and Voting supplement and the Pew Religion in American Life Survey. Matching respondents were selected from the YouGov panel, an opt-in Internet panel.

Weighting: The sample was weighted using propensity scores based on age, gender, race, education, news interest, voter registration, and non-placement on an ideology scale.

Number of respondents: 1,102 registered voters statewide.

Margin of error + 3.8% (adjusted for weighting).

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