Poll: Romney catches up to Obama in Florida, Ohio
May 3rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Romney catches up to Obama in Florida, Ohio

(CNN) – Mitt Romney gained ground on President Barack Obama in the key states of Florida and Ohio over the last month, according to a poll of the battleground states released Thursday.

In Pennsylvania, which was also included in the Quinnipiac University battleground poll, Obama widened his six-point lead in March to an eight-point lead, 47% to 39%.

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Romney and Obama were basically tied - 44% to 43% - in Florida, where Obama had a seven point advantage over Romney in the March 28 survey. In Ohio, Obama had 44% and Romney 42% in the state which went by six points for Obama in March.

Between the Quinnipiac surveys released in March and today, Romney's main rivals for the GOP nomination either exited the race or stepped down their criticism of the former Massachusetts governor, allowing him to focus his energy against Obama.

According to the poll, women tend towards Obama's candidacy in both Pennsylvania, where Obama leads Romney by 17%, and Ohio, where he leads by 13%. Romney has a 10-point advantage over Obama among men in Ohio, however in both Pennsylvania and Florida, men split nearly evenly.

The survey also indicated a majority of likely voters in each state say the US should not be involved in Afghanistan, where President Obama on Tuesday visited some of the 90,000 American troops stationed there.

Familiar names tied to the surveyed states top the poll's vice presidential inquiries. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is the pick of 40% of his home state, and Sen. Rob Portman is favored by 26% of Ohio voters. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie polled well in all three states, receiving the support of between 14% and 28% of voters.

Each of the three battleground state polls was conducted by telephone between April 25 and May 1. Each has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percent.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Ohio • Pennsylvania • Polls
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Sure, the polls. Those are state polls. The general election and everything that is going to come out of the "presumptive" rethug candidate and his slim picking of vp candidates (we thought mccain scraped the bottom of the barrel?) are not going to help this campaign one bit.
    My observation on your three vp picks above who just wanted to get elected (surprise?), who?, and the fat guy who can't walk 100 yards and uses state helicopter to take him to his son's soccer game and is another abusive loud mouth.

    May 3, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  2. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    The funny thing is is that President Obama can afford to lose both states and still win the election. The same is not true for Rmoney.

    May 3, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  3. Terry

    Where do these polls come from? I have never had one single pollster ask my opinion. Further, I have never seen pollsters on the street, at the mall, or at the corner store.

    May 3, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  4. Don

    To the voters of Florida and Ohio. It can get worse. Just look at your governors for a minute.

    May 3, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    I don't need a poll to know I'm going to vote all Dem in Nov , republicans have done enough damage to the country and if your dumb enough to vote for the party that cause the credit down grade and block all jobs programs and want to cut soc sec, Medicare and medicade ,good stamps and start another war with Iran I hope its your kids that go, you know romneys kids won't be going and you deserve what you get!!!

    May 3, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  6. WatchDawg

    This is note news!! We knew, well at least the ones that are not is a Faux News coma, there would be a bump in whoever became the TGOP nominee...
    We will watch all the TGOP spin this as President Obama is doomed...lol...its an anomaly and like the markets will correct itself as Mitts continues to talk...

    May 3, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  7. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    You have to be brain dead to vote for any of these republican clowns who would take us back to the horse and buggy days, auto jobs thank the DEMS in Ohio , Florida if the teapublican morons get in look for cuts in all your senior benifits such as soc sec ,Medicare ,medicade but keep the oil companies 40 billion dallar free ride fools, the Ryan clown budget , people are stupid .

    May 3, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |