October 20th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
10 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. Fortinbras

    And the last debate is on foreign policy. Romney will lose that.

    October 20, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. n

    The be Fox lie is alive and well!

    October 20, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. david

    Actually Rmney is way ahead in Florida. I am happy people are finally awakening.

    October 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Nothing's changed

    This is coming from a Fox poll?? The same news outlet that hates Obama? Polls are useless when it comes to the election. How can you poll 800 people in a state with millions of people in it and use those numbers as stats? Obama will win easily next month.

    October 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Mittens is hoping that all the evangelicals who've been told by Billy Graham to hold their noses and vote for a cult member will turn out and support him.

    Pretty pathetic!

    October 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    If they believe the Ryn/Romney lies, we will be in a war with Iran (for BiBi) within 6 months, and everyone making under $250,000 will pay a higher percentage in taxes than ever before. Mark my word.

    Of course, Cheney is rooting for Rmoney because Haliburton makes a fortune on wars.

    October 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Hillcrester

    The "ground game" will determine the outcomes in OH, FL, WI, CO, IA and VA, which are the states that matter now. There are few truly undecided voters, so identifying your voters and getting thrm to vote is what matters. That includes di-called independent voters who favor "your" guy,

    October 20, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. ExRepublican

    Who cares what Fox polls are they the biggest racist tv news station...
    I dont look at Fox station.

    October 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Bobby

    Its not about debate its about who is fooling Americans. Floridian like Ohioan cannot be fooled by false and misleading adds against Mr. Mitt Romney. Floridian and Ohioan knows for the last four years what CHANGES they witnessed and and what they will witness from FORWARD slogan should four more years be sacrificed to Mr. Obama.

    Mr. Obama enough is enough and stop playing with people sentiments, sham promises, malarkey. Florida and Ohio needs jobs not misleading adds and broken promises. Poverty level is up and Americans are hopeless. Uncertainty looms and no one knows when America’s economy will get in better shape. It would be a wild goose chase should Mr. Obama be elected for the next four more years with his envisaged vision of FORWARD.

    Let the voice of frustration be heard loud and clear from both states of Florida and Ohio on November 06, 2012. Once I was too a supporter of Mr. Obama but in these four years I realized Mr. Obama is nothing but all about talk show for his political gain.

    Folks give chance to Mr. Mitt Romney, let him play with his formula and his vision to economy and jobs and for the betterment of Americans. There is nothing to lose when we know what we gain in last four years. Mr. Mitt Romney loves America the same way as Mr. Obama loves but the fact is Mr. Obama’s vision and formula not working in moving America forward period

    October 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. lobo joe

    Fom the people who gave you the Mountain Meadow Massacre, and the the planet Kolob, comes the new disease, Romnesia. Willard, let's see the tax returns; I'll bet you $ 10,000 there were a few years where you didn't pay any.

    October 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Ray

    Of course Obama slipped in the polls. He had a bad first debate. Obama was expecting to debate an honorable man who would defend the positions and plans he had been promoting the last year or so. And Obama does actually deserve criticism in that regard. Seeing that Romney had been pretty much just telling everyone what they wanted to hear...he should have been prepared for that.

    But it is truly disturbing that anyone would actually embrace such a dishonest display by Romney. I though integrity was a virtue.

    October 20, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. NameAndrew

    I'm a little nervous now..Looks like Romney is closing in.Obamas chances of being just a 1 term President is increasing. Wow!

    October 20, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Dumbpolitics

    If elected Mr. Romney will take away the home mortage interest deduction. Isn't the housing market just starting to grow and now this will happen if elected. I'm sure the housing market will soon then nose dive. Owning a house for the middle class this was one of the best tax deductions we had. There would be no incentive to buying a house you will be killed on the taxes when you sell and no tax deductions while you pay the big banks. Slowly but surely he will take what very little items we have in the middle class.

    October 20, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Rogervzv

    No, actually Romney is solidly ahead in Ohio and Florida. Maybe you can show a tie with a D+9 poll, but I got news for you folks; it is not going to be a D+9 turnout. Probably more like R+5 or so. Obama is going down, and going down hard.

    October 20, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Wow ,
    Sounds like half the people in America miss GW Bush .

    Romney = GW Bush , it's a deferent time 2012 !
    Of “Romney’s 24 special advisors on foreign policy, 17 served in the Bush-Cheney administration.”

    October 20, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. us_1776

    You would think that after the tea bag governor of Florida was elected and became the Worst Governor in the History of Florida with a 19% rating that the voters in Florida would wake up to the damage that the GOP has done to Florida.

    But, NO. They're right back at it again. And wanting to elect another of these idiot Republicans who will decimate what's left of the middle-class in Florida.

    Florida has to be the dumbest state in the union.


    October 20, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Jpx

    Fox News? Enough said.

    October 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Charlefs


    October 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. ohioan

    Obama wins Ohio and the election with 281 electoral votes. The question will be....will the republican congressmen start doing what's right for the country and stop thinking about the next election? And stop whining? If not, they'll lose worse next time!

    October 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. john

    Florida number seem wrong. Very small percentage of Floridians would benefit from a Romney presidency.

    October 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. jack elliott

    what happened to the "top secret" LEAKS a few months ago ?? Did Eric Holder do his usual "still digging" job ??

    October 20, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. SMJ

    If Ohio votes for Romney, I will never buy another American made automobile again. President Obama saved your butts – Romney doesn't care about any of us unless we're rich!!!

    October 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Sam Oommen

    October 19, 2012 – Some thoughts as we move forward to Presidential Election 2012
    Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – is a religion or cult
    Billy Graham – the renowned Evangelist at his website had posted Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints- as a CULT till the last week. The information is now removed by taking away ‘Mormans’ from the list of CULTs given in the website. They have given a clean chit to Mormon.
    1) Has God allowed anybody to be Judgmental or shift their stand to suite their personal agenda? That is what we see by the removal of Mormons from the list of Cults from the Billy Graham Website. It is so sudden, suggestive of the fact that it is intended only to extend support to Romney by Franklin Graham. By any means ‘my candidate’ should get more votes; faith and belief apart!
    2) The question here again is Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – are they acceptable to believers and faithful followers of Christianity. For all these years it was not and the stand now is shifted in October, 2012. Is Mr. Franklin Graham the sole judge for Faith and Cult? Is it not wisdom to reject Franklin’s suddenly changed opinion?
    3) Is our well listened and heard religious leaders ready to compromise with cults and even with devil to eliminate the will of the people with the only intention of defeating a candidate who has proven his worth and commitments?
    What is behind all the above? There is a well-organized and planned effort by the so called believers including the so called Evangelicals – some, wealthy and financially unscrupulous – to eliminate President Barrack Obama as a one time President by any means. Should we not put these people in their place using divine wisdom by rejecting their candidate?
    Should America be guided by them who changes convictions and opinions over night? It is time for all of us to resist this nexus of evil, and support our President Mr. Barrack Obama, by all means, for another term in the White House. Should the renowned and politically minded immigrants encourage this? There is hope and prosperity for the Middle Class only under Obama. Come out and vote in support of Obama
    This is another clear example where the elite in the Christian circles have closed their eyes towards the amazing way God's justice and fairness was carried out through the major reforms passed during Obama's first term in office. If we recite the Songs of Virgin Mary as used in our church liturgy, many truths will ring out in our minds; such as God's mighty works done through the meek and chosen in the society while the rich and mighty were cast away.

    God has used Obama to speak for and to lift up the weak; the last; the least and the lost in the society. Justice and fairness to the middle class will come only from the Obama administration. We don't need to be included in the 47% of the society Romney was talking about behind the curtains. Let our religious leaders open their eyes and see how the Lord will carry out His justice for His people even though it may not be the way of the rich Republicans with their crooked minds envisioned.

    Let us give Obama 4 more years to finish up the reforms Obama started in his first term in office. Let us spread this word to our countrymen as well.
    Easow Sam Oommen

    October 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Lynne Marie Sullivan

    It's all about the Walmart community, people who are too dumb to vote in their best interests.

    October 20, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. DavidE7

    And down the stretch they come!!!.....

    October 20, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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