October 20th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Races in Florida, Ohio remains tight after second debate

(CNN) - New polls of the two largest battlegrounds in the race for the White House show a close contest following the second presidential debate.

In Florida, where there are 29 electoral votes, 48% of likely voters said they back GOP challenger Mitt Romney, and 45% said they support President Barack Obama, according to a Fox News poll of likely voters. Those results are in line with Friday's CNN/ORC International poll of likely Florida voters.

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The CNN poll found 49% of likely voters in the Sunshine State backed Romney and 48% backed Obama.

The differences between the candidates in both polls are within the sampling errors.

Likely voters in Ohio split similarly between the two candidates, with 46% backing Obama and 43% supporting Romney, the Fox poll showed. Throughout the fall and summer, polls in the Buckeye State have showed a tight race, some with a slight advantage for Obama. Ohio has 18 electoral votes.

Obama has slipped among independents in both states, the poll showed.

In Florida, Romney's favorability stands at 55%, and in Ohio, 48% view him favorably. Obama's favorability is 53% in Ohio and 51% in Florida, according to the Fox poll.

A CNN poll found that two out of three debate watchers said Romney won the first debate, but the second debate, held October 16, was a draw.

The Fox News polls were conducted on October 17 and 18. Included were 1,130 likely voters in Florida and 1,131 likely voters in Ohio contacted by telephone. The sampling error in each state is plus or minus three percentage points.

The third and final debate between the two candidates will take place in Florida on Monday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Michael S

    Florida and Ohio? Oh, Goody! Not we can expect all sort of dirty political tricks just like in the past when these two states have been closely contested. Hanging chads for everyone!

    October 20, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Let's Be Reasonable

    C'mon, does anyone really believe Romney has a chance in Ohio? Florida is a bit of a stretch, too.

    October 20, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. fitz

    Where are the women in these states? Surely, no woman would support Romney/Ryan as they will turn back the clock on women's rights to the era of the 50s.

    October 20, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Tom

    I voted for Obama last time and while I like him as a person, I don't think he has the gravitas to handle the dismal economy and the White House's response on what happened to ambassador Stevens was a bold faced lie!!! I'm voting for Romney and with enthusiasm !!!

    October 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Penny Wright

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 12 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 32 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    October 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Nobama

    First of all it's NOT a toss up.
    Romney all the way.
    Second, even if it was – tie goes to challenger.
    This going to be fun!

    October 20, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Mark

    With both states suppresses the votes of the people, It may be a FRAUD win by Romney. If Romney wins, it will be like the George Bush win by the Supreme Court. Republicans can't win except by voter fraud. That is they way the deal. Do you really want Romney/Ryan as our leaders, Leaders who are suppressing the votes in many states. Such as putting up 140 bill boards telling voters they may go to jail or be convicted as a felon if they vote. Or as in OHIO, the SEC. of State in OH. cutting back voting hours to only 4 hrs a day. Or now they are calling people, telling them they can vote by phone and taking making them believe they are voting by phone. This is what the Tea Party, Conservatives, TruthinVoting is doing to try to get the Republicans in the WH. This is truly voters fraud by the Republicans. This is the new American Taliban. Taking away the rights to vote. Voting is how we stay a Democracy, if voting is taken away. Our next President may be Dictator Romney. IS this what you want? Vote smart and elect Obama and Democrats, Being an Independent, I cannot vote for a FRAUD for President, such as Romney is. Being dishonest to the people is fraud. That is the kind of election Romney is running.

    October 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Geoff Aden

    Rich, white American robber barons trying to steal this election and it appears it is working in the polls. Saddened to think of what the world will become with Romney at the helm. So many things wrong with it....well America, you reap what you sow. If this is what you want, fine. I am now buying a gun and protecting myself from all of the right wing crazies. The propaganda machine continues to work its magic for Rove and the criminals at the top. So sad....

    October 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Mark

    With both states suppressing the votes of the people, It may be a FRAUD win by Romney. If Romney wins, it will be like the George Bush win by the Supreme Court. Republicans can't win except by voter fraud. That is they way the deal. Do you really want Romney/Ryan as our leaders, Leaders who are suppressing the votes in many states. Such as putting up 140 bill boards telling voters they may go to jail or be convicted as a felon if they vote. Or as in OHIO, the SEC. of State in OH. cutting back voting hours to only 4 hrs a day. Or now they are calling people, telling them they can vote by phone and taking making them believe they are voting by phone. This is what the Tea Party, Conservatives, TruthinVoting is doing to try to get the Republicans in the WH. This is truly voters fraud by the Republicans. This is the new American Taliban. Taking away the rights to vote. Voting is how we stay a Democracy, if voting is taken away. Our next President may be Dictator Romney. IS this what you want? Vote smart and elect Obama and Democrats, Being an Independent, I cannot vote for a FRAUD for President, such as Romney is. That is the kind of election Romney is running.

    October 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Vicki

    Romney will win, hands down.

    October 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. bearced

    Starting to look like 2000 and 2004 all over again. I wonder if Romney can steal this election like Bush did those!

    October 20, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Mark Taylor

    Independent, white male, church-active veteran here. How anyone can vote for a guy who's position shifts more than the sand on a beach is a real head-scratcher. President Obama inherited the biggest financial mess in US history. Romney's policies are truly going to hurt the middle class. I hope people wake up and realize who/what they are considering when it comes to Romney/Ryan. This ticket scares the bejesus out of me, it really does. That's the problem with Americans, they want results, they want 'em now. We are a real impatient lot. We are about to cast our lot with the devil himself.

    October 20, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. PPPP

    why dont they name gary johnson? he's like at 10 percent in ohio, i know gary won't win but 10 percent is huge for a third party candidate, he should be included in the polls. i guess the media won't take any chances to let the people know who he is.

    October 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Auto Industry Savior

    ANybody in Ohio thinking of voting for ROmney after he said he would allow the auto industry to go bankrupt first, losing about a million jobs, before doing anything about it is a COMPLETE id!0t........Obama just saved your state, Ohio!

    October 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Guest 1

    President Romney

    October 20, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Matt

    Romney just wants to help his wealthy friends, he despises half of the population of this country. Now I understand why people used to burn Mormons at the stake.

    October 20, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Let's Be Reasonable

    Does anyone really believe it's a dead heat? Remember, we were told the exact same thing in 2008. And in the end, what happened? It wasn't even close. Expect a repeat. On the bright side, Mitt can run against Hillary in 2016 when Barack hits his term limit.

    October 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Captain Moroni

    Ohio, it is resting with you...If Romney wins, Small businesses will cheer and you will see them start to hire again. If Obama wins, what will happen? Nothing, no change. Businesses will still not hire because of higher taxes that Obama will place on them. Your choice...jobs or no jobs?

    October 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Keith

    Good lord I can't wait until November 7th already.

    October 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

    Here is a example question for you the voters. I have a bad situation in which a huge business/ our govt is deeply in debt, constant battles with its board of directors (Congress), unhappy workers becasue i have had to lay 25% off the hired help ( unemployed). I can't seem to change this situation. But I seem to be very well liked, and many have told me I have a wonderful personaity. But there is this other man who from what the borad has told me has been very successful in turning business around (can name those businesses). But he is not as well liked as me but he has much more busniess & financial experience that me. Who do you stay with, me the likable guy with the great personality, or the other guy who has a proven track record, but is not as well liked and some even dislike him.

    October 20, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. jefflz

    The race is tight even though Romney said that half the population are lazy leeches not fit to lick his boots. The race is tight even though Romney says he will give $5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich. The race is tight even though Romney promises to destroy Medicare the race is tight even though Romney cannot be pinned down to one single position.The race is tight even though Romney will work to overturn Roe v Wade and set women's health back sixty years. Romney is more dangerous to this nation than George Bush but the race is tight- pretty hard to believe.

    October 20, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Seems to me that Mitt Romney has already conceded the race. Where are his rallies? Shopping centers and tiny airfields in the middle of nowhere. Repeat of McCain in 2008. Dude can't be bothered anymore to actually get out and meet the folks he hoped to "rule".

    Guess you people showed him after all. Good job 47%ers. Good job indeed.

    October 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Zwei Stein

    Finally ... the final debate. All the fact-checking is wearing me out. And the fact that I have to do "fact-checking" says a lot about the candidates themselves.

    October 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. susan

    Well, at least I don't see a redux of the silly furor Jessica Yellin and Carol Costello made of Romney using the word binders regarding his request for resumes of women who might serve in his administration. Everyone with an IQ higher than single digits knew what he meant and it wasn't derisive in any way.

    I come from a Marine Corps family and thought Obama's pronunciation of is as "corpse" indicated his mind was ahead of his mouth...but I sure didn't think calling Marines dead bodies should be held against the president. How silly...but not nearly as silly as CNN for making a deal out of nothing. Gotta get your man elected, eh? No matter how paltry and small the issue is....

    October 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Captain

    This is what the last GOP WH did...
    see youtube - CIA Asset Susan Lindauer Can Now Speak 10 years after 9-11.
    Yeah, bush gang did it. Lied about everything. All of Congress knew. Note Silverstein connection
    More on Veterans Today

    Mitt is just another puppet for Senior and Cheney, as were Junior, actor Regan, Ford...

    October 20, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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