Fla Poll: Obama 46, Romney 45; Obama 50, Perry 43
The latest PPP robo poll of Florida (MoE +/- 4.5%) finds Obama neck and neck against either Mitt Romney or Ron Paul, and comfortably ahead of Rick Perry.Overall, 46 percent of Florida voters approve of Obama's performance and 51 percent disapprove. Among independents, 41 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove.
From PPP: Perry trails Obama 50-43, including a 53-40 deficit with independents. Other Republicans make it very close though. Romney trails only 46-45 and Ron Paul actually does just as well, trailing 45-44. 58% of undecideds in the Obama/Romney match and 72% in the Obama/Paul match disapprove of the President's job performance so odds are those folks would split against him in the end and put the state into the GOP column. This may be the most positive poll for Paul that we've ever conducted- he leads by 15 points with independents even as the rest of the Republican candidates trail Obama with that voting group. The problem for Paul is that independents like him a lot more than Republicans do and that puts his chances for the nomination at slim to none...but he might really be able to make a dent if he ended up running as an independent instead.
The biggest sign of Perry's weakness in Florida might be that even Michele Bachmann polls better than him there- she trails Obama by just 5 points at 49-44. The only person Perry performs better than is Newt Gingrich whose deficit against the President is 8 points at 50-42.