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Q poll Florida: Romney 44 - Obama 43

Florida is "too close to call" say the new Quinnipiac poll, which finds Romney having caught back up to Obama, and leading by one point 44-43. A March 28 survey showed Obama up by 7.

“The dead heat in Florida appears to be a result of Obama’s decline as much as anything else. In March the president had a 51 – 44 favorability rating compared to 46 – 47 percent today,” said  Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Romney barely moved, from 41 – 36 favorable in March to 40 – 34 percent favorable now.”

Other findings:

  • There is a small gender gap in the Florida presidential race as men back Romney 46 – 42 percent while women back Obama 44 – 42 percent, too close to call on both counts.
  • Florida voters disapprove 50 – 46 percent of the job Obama is doing and say 50 – 45 percent he does not deserve to be reelected.
  • The economy is in a recession, voters say 70 – 26 percent and 51 percent say the recovery has begun. Romney would do a better job on the economy, voters say 49 – 40 percent.
  • By a 51 – 38 percent margin, Florida voters want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 2010 health care reform legislation.
  • Voters approve 49 – 39 percent of the way Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan, but they say 64 – 27 percent that the U.S. should not be involved. Obama’s pace withdrawing troops from Afghanistan is about right, 44 percent of voters say.
  • Looking at possible vice presidential candidates, 40 percent of Florida voters pick Sen. Rubio, followed by 14 percent for Christie, with no other candidate above 7 percent.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:32am]


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