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Q Fla Poll: Obama 48%, Romney 47%



Quinnipiac/New York Times poll has Obama with 48 percent support and Romney at 47 percent:

Women likely voters in Florida back Obama 53 - 43 percent, down from 58 - 39 percent September 26. Men back Romney 52 - 43 percent, compared to 50 - 47 percent in September. White voters go Republican 59 - 37 percent, while black voters go Democratic 96 - 2 percent and Hispanic voters back Obama 57 - 39 percent.

Independent voters back Romney by a slim 49 - 44 percent margin.

The economy is the most important election issue for 51 percent of Florida voters, while 15 percent list health care and 9 percent cite Medicare.

The nation's economy is getting better, voters say 42 - 33 percent and Florida's economy is getting better, voters say 37 - 25 percent, with 36 percent who say it is unchanged.

Obama cares about their needs and problems, voters say 60 - 38 percent, but they are divided on Romney as 47 percent say he cares and 49 percent say he doesn't care. Romney has strong leadership qualities, voters say 65 - 31 percent, compared to 55 - 43 percent for Obama.

In Florida's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson leads U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, the Republican challenger, 52 - 39 percent. Independent voters back Nelson 52 - 36 percent.

Florida voters disapprove 45 - 39 percent of the job Gov. Rick Scott is doing.

"The president has a 57 - 39 percent lead among Hispanics in Florida, almost certainly a smaller margin among Latino voters than he will get in most if not all other states," Brown said. "The difference is that Cuban-Americans, generally more Republican than other Latino groups, are a much larger share of the Hispanic vote in the Sunshine State."

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:38am]


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