Poll: Romney takes lead in Florida
May 23rd, 2012
07:46 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Romney takes lead in Florida

(CNN) - A poll released Wednesday morning indicates that Mitt Romney holds a six point lead over President Barack Obama in the crucial battleground state of Florida.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 47% of registered voters in the Sunshine State say they back Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, with 41% saying they support Obama, with 7% unsure.

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The six-point advantage for Romney is up from the beginning of the month, when Romney was at 44% and Obama at 43% in Quinnipiac's previous poll in Florida.

Adding freshman Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to the GOP ticket expands Romney's lead slightly to 49%-41% over the president and Vice President Joe Biden.

According to the poll, by a 52%-44% margin, Florida voters say the president does not deserve a second term in the White House, and by a 52%-44% margin, they say they don't approve of the job he's doing in office.

"Gov. Mitt Romney has slipped into the lead in Florida and that standing is confirmed by his much better numbers than the president when voters are asked whether they view the candidates favorably or unfavorably. They view Romney favorably 44%-35%, while Obama gets a negative 45%-50% favorability," says Peter A. Brown, assistant vice president of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The overall picture in Florida is positive for Romney, who is ahead 50%-37% among men, while women are divided 44%-45%. And the president is getting just 33% of white votes, compared to 85% percent of black votes and 42% percent of Hispanic votes," adds Brown.

While the president's favorable rating stands at 45%, a wider margin of Florida voters (76%-21%) say that Obama's a likeable person, compared to 58%-31% for Romney. But on the most important issue to voters, the economy and which candidate can better handle it, Romney has a ten-point advantage over the president.

The survey also indicates that by a 50%-40% margin, Florida voters oppose same-sex marriage. The state has a ban on such marriages written into Florida's constitution.

George W. Bush's controversial win in Florida put him over the top in the 2000 presidential election. He carried the state by five points in his 2004 re-election victory. Obama won the state by three points in his 2008 win over Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted May 15-21, with 1,722 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Well, at least your headline describes it accurately. The pollster in the article says Romney SLIPPED into the lead. How does one SLIP into a lead?

    May 23, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |

    Well,you didn't ask me and I'm voting all Dem .republican bafoons will be out in Nov.

    May 23, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Bain capital bans your SS, Medicare....ship jobs to CHINA, corporations R also people my friend, let Detroit go bankrupt, against planned parenthood, yes, obama12.
    Florida, you cheated gore, you can not cheat this time!!!!god bless

    May 23, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Sweet news. Way too early to judge, though.

    May 23, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |

    Dem landslide coming in Nov unless your stupid and braindead ,polls don't mean anything,but my Dem vote does ,republican clowns have cost thousands of jobs in Florida.

    May 23, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I was at a grocery store in FL, and an elderly couple drove up. They had a bumper sticker that said, End Socialism." He was wearing a Viet Nam veterans cap, and both had to be participants in social security and medicare. They must think Mittens represents their parents republican party. The military, social security, medicare, and the veterans administration are some of our biggest social programs.

    May 23, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Roves ads have been playing since January, so I suppose for FL, negative works.

    May 23, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    That will change once the seniors get riled up about the GOBP cult's attack on SS and Medicare.

    May 23, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  9. King

    Well, the old invester in florida will flock to romney, even when romney slashes their neighbors jobs and take their pensions while sending their jobs to vhina for less manugacturing cost. The ptoblem when he brings this kind of stragedy to the presidentcy, k wonder.how much of these investors will get into the car,.and how much will be left on the sideline with the rest of america.

    May 23, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Jerry

    Mr. Romney, I am not a Republican, but PLEASE stay on the HIGH ROAD!!!

    The truth shall triumph.

    May 23, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    They have to be out of their minds in Florida. Mitt Romney is man who wants to do more things to hurt Floridians than to benefit them, especially when it comes to Social Security and Medicare. Romeny wants to do what Paul Ryan wants to do, systematically dismantle Medicare and Social Security under the guise of privatization.

    May 23, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Larry L

    The folks in Florida need to ask Mr. Etch-A-Sketch about his support for the Paul Ryan Plan – to trash Medicare and Social Security. Froridians need to actually think rather than simply vote based on the color of the candidate's skin.

    May 23, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |