11Alive poll shows Romney with 8-point lead in Ga.

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President Barack Obama & former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (CNN)

ATLANTA -- A new poll by 11Alive News confirms Georgia is a red state.

The poll conducted by Survey USA gives Governor Mitt Romney an 8-point lead.

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It shows Romney has 52 percent support, compared to President Barack Obama at 44 percent.

The poll includes close to 600 likely and actual Georgia voters who were questioned last week.

The poll shows men in Georgia are more likely than women to vote from Romney, but his support among both genders is at or above 50 percent.

If you look at race, there's a clear division.

According to the poll, 88 percent of black voters support President Obama, compared to 24 percent of white voters.

The president also has the edge with voters younger than 35.

When it comes to income, Romney has more support among those making $40,000 or more a year.

Plus, Romney picks up 54 percent of the Independent vote.

The poll also reflects what we've seen since early voting started two weeks ago, with 51 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats saying they've already cast their ballots.

"This proves what political scientists have said over time that if you make it easier and more convenient for voters, people will turn out to vote," said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University. "So the fact that people are using this process, it's actually a really good sign of a healthy democracy."

In comparing this poll to an identical one conducted in July, both candidates have picked up two percentage points.

There are fewer undecided voters in the most recent poll.

It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.2 percent.

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