Obama, Romney tied in Sunshine State, even with Rubio and Bush on ticket
May 9th, 2012
10:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney tied in Sunshine State, even with Rubio and Bush on ticket

(CNN) – A poll released Wednesday showed President Barack Obama and his GOP rival Mitt Romney neck and neck in Florida, a battleground state Obama narrowly won in 2008.

When two of the state's most popular Republican politicians are added to the ticket – Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush – Romney sees a slight bump, but the results remain within the poll’s sampling error.

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The Suffolk University survey showed 46% of likely Florida voters backing Obama, and 45% backing Romney; 7% of respondents said they hadn't yet decided who to back in the general election.

With Rubio on the GOP ticket, Romney edged Obama 47%-44%. A Romney-Bush ticket showed a similar bump, besting Obama-Biden by 2 percentage points. Both results were within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Both Rubio and Bush have downplayed any talk of appearing on the 2012 GOP ticket, though each has mentioned the other's name as a strong choice for Romney.

The poll's results reflect a jump for Obama, who stood at 42% in a Suffolk Florida poll taken in January. Back then Romney had the support of 47% of Florida voters.

"Despite locking up the Republican nomination and a strong showing in the Florida Republican primary in January, Romney still has a lot of work to do to win over Florida voters," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said in a statement. "He would need to repair the fallout of negativity from the Republican primaries by being more likable and offering general-election voters a positive alternative to President Obama."

That negativity was reflected in Wednesday's poll: Romney's unfavorability rating has jumped 8 points since January. Before Florida's January 31 primary, 37% of voters viewed the candidate unfavorably, compared with 45% who view him that way now.

Florida's primary was particularly scathing - 92% of political ads running the week ahead of the contest were negative. Romney's main rival at that point was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who waged a particularly ruthless battle against Romney. Of the 1,012 spots Newt Gingrich's campaign ran, 95% were negative. Mitt Romney's campaign ran 3,276 ads and 99% were negative.

A majority of the likely voters surveyed in Wednesday's poll – 60% - said they felt the country was on the wrong track.

The Suffolk University poll was taken by telephone from May 6-8, and surveyed 600 registered voters in Florida. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Rubio and Jeb Bush's sway has been greatly overstated. Neither will help Mitt.

    May 9, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. SVB

    I like how CNN twists the results of this poll as good new for Obama. A more neutral headline for example would have been, "Obama, Romney virtually tied in Florida. Romney edges Obama when Rubio, Bush are added to ticket". Let's get this straight, Romney is the underdog in this race. The fact that Romney is tied with Obama in Florida this far out is good news for Romney and bad news for Obama.

    May 9, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. gg

    don,t let mitt any where near social security, or medicare that money will be in the cayman islands ,before you finish your morning shower

    May 9, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. timz

    How can anyone even consider voting for anyone other than Mitt Romney? Romney got bin Laden (well, he would have), saved the auto industry (just ask him) and invented the internet (well, he hired Al Gore to do it, which is the same thing . . . Mitt's not big on soiling his hands with actual work). With this resume he should be a shoo-in.

    May 9, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. king

    Hey I am surprised that Obama is still in the race in Florida, ain't that the place where most if the tea party resides.

    May 9, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. gg

    when romney gets done the state of florida will miss that social security money

    May 9, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. Tired of republican lies

    God help this country if they decide to vote for Robmey...

    May 9, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. s.s

    This is for Mitts to throw away!! lock the bag and walk the clock!!

    May 10, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. Jelly

    Obama, Romney tied in Sunshine State, even with Rubio and Bush on ticket? what!! Obama is is Jimmy Carter on Steroids!! we the people gonna tell them "GO" and cleanse the White house with a Rabbi, Imam and Pastor (Priest) or a Father!

    May 10, 2012 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  10. thomas

    Romney / GW Bush

    Third time is the charm ?

    May 10, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  11. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    You have to be stupid and braindead to vote againest your own interest which romneys Ryan plan of cuts in program you all use such as soc sec and Medicare while leaving intact 40billion in oil tax breaks.Rubio is a crook who is not ready for prime time and the rest of the Gop fools who registration all fed help such as transportation bill ,education and health care has cost thousands of jobs in Florida .these republican bafoons such as Rubio ,Scott and mack and I saved the auto industry dip romney need to be thrown out of government together.vote Dem to move forward or teapublican to move back to the horse and buggy days .republicans have no credability on any issue and have no platform to run on except being againest anything Obama proposees even if its good for the country . If you want more obstructionism and extremism and no jobs vote for republican trash .

    May 10, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  12. OCVoterinCA

    Arizona has turned blue. Florida will do the same. As with all other states in the toss-up. Change, evolution has begun to move Forward in the 21st Century. President Obama is making history every step of the way. You Obama haters cannot do anything about it, period.

    FORWARD/Obama-Biden 2012

    May 10, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Little boy rubio the Cuban liar and a third shrub anywhere near the WH makes me shudder!
    That's what we need two liars about their family's past making themselves seem to be what they are not.
    The beefcake rubio (picrures in 2010 remember? pretty gross IMO) might be popular in Florida but he is not going to bring anything to the ticket in a general election. The third shrub, we all know what his brother did and I don't think we can quickly forget what a mess he was for the country.

    May 10, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that the negative ads from the primary have come back to haunt Romney. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of a positive campaign for Romney does there? It seems that his (and many other) campaigns don't know how to follow the kindergarten rule of don't say anything if you can't say anything nice.

    May 10, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    Ah yes, Floriduh, the West Virginia of the south. Have these people ever voted for their own self interests?

    May 10, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |