October 20th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
2 years 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. Dr. Funkenstein

    No post debate bounce for O. Things looking good for R and the momentum will likely continue. O spent hundreds of millions to paint R as the devil, but during debates they see someone else. In addition, R just now outspending O in tv ads in battleground states...a very significant development.

    October 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Seth Hill

    Looks line Ex-Gov Romney will win the election. He says he will work with both sides of the aisle. Well, we Democrats have a little surprise for him. After 4 years of GOP stonewalling everything Pres Obama proposed ... it's payback time!

    October 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Grant

    How can the second debate be considered a draw when Obama got well over 6% more people stating he won (an even wider spread occurred in the CBS Poll) and secondly...all people talked about was Romney's binders of women and his stance on women issues..all in a BAD way!!!! those facts together would indicate Romney CLEARLY lost the second debate and cam eout of it weaker than going into it. CNN wants to paint the image of a draw purely for their own interests..... polls from FOX news..like they are credible??????

    US politics is sickening...a 2 year affair that spends millions of dollars on wasted commercials and silly TV programs...use the money to feed your poor instead....CRAZY...we in Canada just laugh at the craziness of it all.

    October 20, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. sparks2000

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.....from Pinellas county Florida

    October 20, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Jodie

    The Romney tsunami is starting to form, and will wash clean the current Administration on November 6th. America will soar to great heights under the skilled leadership of President Romney. Welcome this blessed change for the better!

    October 20, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Damian

    Too much evidence points to the fact that obama has too much difficulty working across party lines. He promised transparency, but the subject on benghazi alone illustrates clearly that his administration isn't very honest with the american people.

    October 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Majestic

    Yes! We'll finally get rid of that Kenyan, Muslim, @$#$#, guy! He's ruined this country. We need to get back to the Bush basics and Romney's just the guy to do it. Obama is NOT a legitimate president! He wasn't even born in the country. Bin Laden isn't really dead! Look at all the attacks on our nation since Bo took office. Be afraid people BUT be hopeful because Mittens will protect you, your medicare AND your Social Security.

    October 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Marc

    Why is it that I'm never asked my opinion in these polls ? Whatever. I'll give MY opinion on November 6, and I won't need Candy Crowley to run interference for me, or tell me what to think, or.............................

    October 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. HuPhartNgau

    If they let Romney keep talking, he'll talk his way right out of this election.

    October 20, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. NameSeyba

    Go Obama

    October 20, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Herman Clark

    From what I observed, Romney, reversed a lot of his ideas again, to say what the voters wanted to hear from, to get out the vote. None of what I heard had any substance. It was just ideal BS, to just get into the Whitehouse. After that the
    American, people will see the REAL Romney, and he will not be representing the working class. In fact he will be taking away from the middle class to pay for his wars. You, can see that already happening, when he blames Obama, for the way he handles, the various wars that pop up in the middle east, in which he has no control over, or the money to engage in another war. The Republicans, have got America. into every war, sense the 2nd world war. That war was one that the whole world was threatened by. I don't think that Obama, is a war monger. I feel that he really wants to engage, the biggest enemy we face presently. The economy. That is the biggest threat to our national security. I feel
    that, if the Federal Reserve, turns loose all that counterfeit money it has been printing, that it will cause the worst financial crises, we have ever experienced. no matter who the president is. SO, its a matter of picking your poison.

    October 20, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Jude

    is the united states of america a huge family needing work, education, protection, health care or is the usa a big business which prefers to eliminate those that do not make the cut OR is the usa a huge military that only looks for a strong fearless leader to defend the hill??? your leaning will most likely influence your vote. OBAMA 2012...he get's it. we're a family..warts and all.

    October 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. RobK

    Close race. Could end in a tie if Obama wins Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado, and Romney wins the other swing states. We could have a President Romney and Vice-President Biden, if the House and Senate stay as they are.

    October 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. SwollenGoat

    Here's the Republican strategy: Lie fast, lie often, and lie loud.

    It's just like these large spam organizations. They know that there is a certain percentage of the pestering emails that they send out will generate results, and they know that the percentage is very low. However, it becomes very profitable when they blast spam out quickly and to a lot of receivers.

    October 20, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Herby Sagues

    "The Fox News polls...."
    Come on! You should have started with that!!!

    October 20, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Mdrake

    The only place that Obama has a lead is Wash DC. Gimmecrats beware, the party is over.

    October 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Jrd

    This just shows that every vote matters. If your candidate doesn't win and you don't vote, you have no voice of complaint.

    October 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Henry Johnson Jr

    Here's my Prediction: Obama would win the election, but Romney and his followers would take it to the supreme court. There, he will still wins. You can not denied the fact that most Americans don't wants another Republican in the WHITE HOUSE. Even thou some are making this election a race matters but young Americans wants to move beyond the 60's and civil right days. This is not the 60's but reality and hope for America.

    October 20, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Lenny Pincus

    According to the averages of many state polls, Romney has a one point lead in Florida and Obama has close to a four point lead in Ohio.

    October 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. nc1965

    This is what you will get with Romney/Ryan.

    You are 70 years old and have your voucher in hand. You call an insurance company to buy your private insurance. When the person at the insurance company stops laughing, they tell you that they will get back to you.

    But some of you Seniors are thinking, I'm already 70, Romney said that this won't affect me..Let the next generation deal with it. I'm voting for Romney.

    October 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. judith

    Obama will win. Even if he loses Florida, he'll still win Ohio. Mitt can't win without Ohio. I do think, after Obama's extremely strong win the the last debate, he may well tip Florida, as well. "Romneisia" says it all–either Mitt has a very selective memory or he's a complete stranger to the truth.

    October 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Tim

    Romney is a dangerous, uncaring man! Women, elderly, the working class, the 47%, the military, minorities, if you want someone to destroy everything your fought for elect ROBME but remember even his wife is afraid of his mental well being if he is elected... THINK and vote for what is right for you and this country. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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