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Fla poll: Obama 49%, Romney 46%; Nelson 47%, Mack 40%



From Quinnipiac's release: Florida likely voters 50 to 64 years old go 50 percent for Obama and 46 percent for Romney. Voters over 65 back Romney 55 – 42 percent. The gender gap remains wide as women back Obama 53 – 41 percent while men back Romney 51 – 45 percent.

Independent voters back the Republican by a narrow 48 – 44 percent.Florida voters give Obama a 50 – 45 percent favorability rating, compared to Romney’s 45 – 42 percent score. Ryan gets a 35 – 29 percent favorability, while Biden has a negative37 – 44 percent score.

Biden is qualified to be president, voters say 41 – 36 percent, compared to 37 – 23percent for Ryan, with 39 percent who don’t know enough about him. The economy will be “extremely important” in their presidential vote, 60 percent of Florida voters say, more than any other issue. Medicare will be “extremely important” to 50 percent of voters, including 60 percent of voters over 65.

Romney will do a better job on the economy, 48 percent of voters say, while 45 percentpick Obama. The president will do a better job on Medicare, voters say 50 – 42 percent.

Florida’s efforts to remove people from the voter rolls will prevent ineligible people from voting, 65 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say it will suppress voting.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson leads U.S. Rep. ConnieMack, his Republican challenger, 50 – 41 percent. Independent voters split with 45 percent forNelson and 43 percent for Mack.

Voters disapprove 47 – 41 percent of the job Gov. Rick Scott is doing.

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[Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:28am]


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