November 04, 2012, 4:30 PM GMT+0

Democratic President Barack Obama holds a 7-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Minnesota, 50% Obama to 43% Romney, in a YouGov poll of 790 likely voters statewide. 

In Minnesota (Oct 31-Nov 3):
Independents favor Romney 45%-39% over Obama.
Obama enjoys a huge lead over Romney in the Twin Cities core (62%-31%). Romney leads in the south 53%-42%, and in the Collar Counties (50%-44%). It is a contest in eastern Twin Cities suburbs 49% Romney 46% Obama, as well as in the north as they are tied 46%-46%.  
Net Change in Voter Intention (Likely Voters)
  Total Independents
Sept 7-14 Oct 4-11 Oct 31-
Nov 3 
Sept 7-14 Oct 4-11 Oct 31-
Nov 3 
Barack Obama 50% 52% 50% 40% 42% 45%
Mitt Romney 42% 44% 43% 43% 47% 39%

In the race for Senate, incumbent Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is far ahead of Republican challenger Kurt Bills, 60%-32%.

The poll was conducted online October 31-November 3, 2012.

Sampling method: Respondents were selected using sample matching.  A random sample (stratified by age, gender, race, education, and region) was selected from the 2010 American Community Survey. Voter registration, turnout, religion, news interest, minor party identification, and non-placement on an ideology scale, were imputed from the Registration and Voting Supplements of the 2008 and 2010 Current Population Surveys and the Pew Religion in American Life Survey. Matching respondents were selected from the YouGov panel, an opt-in Internet panel.

Some respondents were initially selected on September 7-14 from YouGov¹s panel, then recontacted on October 4-11 and again on October 31-November 3.  Others were selected for the first time on October 31-November 3.

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

Number of respondents: 790 likely voters. Margin of error ±3.8% (adjusted for weighting).

Click here for September 7-14 results (registered voters).

Click here for October 4-11 results (likely voters).

Click here for October 31-November 3 results (likely voters).