October 12, 2010 at 1:00 am

Poll: Bernero gaining on Snyder in governor race

A votersí poll released Monday shows Virg Bernero narrowing Rick Snyderís lead in Michiganís race for governor.

The Lansing mayor was preferred by 37.08 percent of those polled, compared to 49.75 percent for Snyder, a millionaire Ann Arbor businessman, according to the phone survey of 2,282 voters statewide.

The poll was conducted Thursday by the Metro Detroit consulting firms Baydoun Consulting and Foster McCollum White and Associates. It had a margin of error of 2.05 percent and surveyed voters who consistently voted in the 2006 gubernatorial and 2008 presidential races as well as the August primary, the polling groups said.

Broken down by party, 64.27 percent of Democrats in the survey favored Bernero, while 21.37 percent chose Snyder. For Republicans, 75.23 percent supported Snyder and about 15 percent were for Bernero.

Among independents, 56.91 percent named Snyder and 28.65 percent picked Bernero.

Polls have consistently shown Bernero trailing Snyder by as much as 20 points. An EPIC/MRA poll published Sunday, based on questions asked Oct. 3-7, showed Snyder with 49 percent support, with 29 percent support for Bernero.

ďThis is still a competitive situation,Ē said Eric Foster, president of Foster McCollum White and Associates.

Another survey is expected to be completed this week, including results after Sundayís debate, Foster said.

The election will be held Nov. 2.