DETROIT – Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut (search) holds a lead over rival presidential candidates among Democratic voters in Michigan, according to a recent poll.
The EPIC/MRA poll, released Sunday, showed Lieberman garnered 27 percent to Rep. Dick Gephardt's 19 percent. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts was at 15 percent.
The other six candidates - Florida Sen. Bob Graham, former-Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont, Al Sharpton of New York, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun - were in single digits.
The survey of 400 voters was conducted May 18-22 and had an error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points, The Detroit News reported Sunday.
One in five Michigan Democrats is undecided.
"At this stage, it is a name recognition game, and Lieberman is well-known in Michigan where the Gore-Lieberman ticket won in 2000," EPIC/MRA pollster Ed Sarpolus said.
He said views could shift during the heavy campaigning expected before Michigan's Feb. 7 Democratic caucuses. The caucus vote will determine Michigan's selection at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (search) in Boston.
In a separate EPIC/MRA poll (search) of Democrats, Republicans and independents, 48 percent said they would vote for President Bush. Forty-one percent said they would vote for "the Democratic candidate for president."
The error margin on that poll was plus or minus four percentage points.