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. Malron

    I can not get past the Republican's congressional obstruction in the House, and The Republicans leader in the Senate statement, after Obama got elected , That his Number one Job or priority was to see that Obama was a one term president. The Republicans only concern is to hang on to Power, by passing voter restricting legislation in a lot of states. They were not worried about Jobs, the middle class, unemployment and womens issues, during that time, All they cared about was to make Obama look bad. Make it a failed Presidency. Romneys flip flops astound me, Romnesia has got to be the reason he can lie with such a straight face.

    October 20, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Barry Obama

    This news isn't good for the advance of socialism and fairness....i

    October 20, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. BPQ

    This undecided swing state mom is getting more and more disheartened this election cycle. I am particularly saddened by President Obama's inability to put forth a concrete economic plan that is different from what we already have. He doesn't look or sound anything like the kind, intelligent, and results-oriented person I once happily voted for

    October 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. steve

    Romney will pull it out at the eleventh hour.

    October 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Ricky

    Oh man if Obama wins I'm screwed. If Romney wins I'm really screwed

    October 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. NameJoseph

    Bingo Obongo must go.

    October 20, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. rzarc2

    Does not really matter how well Obama does as the vote in Florida is fixed by the GOP. It was fixed in 2000 and it will be fixed again. As an example my sister's neighbor in Florida was purged from the voting lists even though she has been living and voting from the same address for over 20 years. Maybe her neighbor being a registered Democrat had something to do with it? Naw, never happen.

    October 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. jefflz

    Fox polls are Republican leanining. Add 2 or three more points in favor of Obama to get closer to reality.

    October 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. sathomas

    WOW ! See what happens when you delete all those people that are registered in New York AND Florida ?
    And felons, and illegals, and dead people, and children ?
    Way to go Florida !!! You've redeemed yourself from the dangleing chad !!!

    October 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. IDontBelieveIt

    And that freaky, senile old Biden sayas THEY'RE WINNING everywhere and anywhere!!!!!! LOL

    He who announced that for the last 4 years the Private sector has been dead in the water ralks abut BINDERS?????

    Does he mean the binders that were produced by a BI-PARTISAN group to help women find jobs???? Does he mean the BINDERS that were given to BOTH leaders after the debate????...........................Like I said – a senile old LYING freak!

    October 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. tee27

    Fox poll please !

    October 20, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Kiptoo victor

    Am in Kenya and US Polls and possible Outcome are simply complex, why do swing states decide?

    October 20, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Ralph N

    No one should pay attention to polls instead, just go vote. Whether you think your vote matters or not. It's not over until it's over Poll away people.

    October 20, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. IDontBelieveIt

    Sine Ohio miners are very, very angry with Obama's comment a few days ago, that they were FORCED to attend a Romney rally – I'd say he's lost MORE than s few more votes!

    He lied about the miners
    He lied 4 times about Libya and Chris Stevens murder
    He lied about the unemployment figures - 7.8% my eye , we ALL know it's 19%
    He lied about ACA notbeing a tax when SCOTUS read it through and said it IS a TAX
    He lied about ACA costing less when we know NOW that it is much more than he said
    He lied about his own Mother's health to push Obamacare
    He lied when he swore he'd never used another name [ will Barry Soetoro please stand up!]
    He lied by covering up for Holder
    He lied about guns...........

    He will NOT be re-elected, And THAT is the truth!

    October 20, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Truth be told...

    Senior Citizens throwing the rest of us under the bus. As long as they get theirs ... "F" the rest of the world.

    October 20, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. jimcolyer

    Obama has failed. He has no record. Unemployment remains high, and the war still goes on in Afghanistan. 6 trillion has been added to the national debt. Obama takes responsibility for nothing. He is still blaming Bush. He lies. He ignores "Fast and Furious" and has lied about the murder of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, claiming it was the result of a video when, in fact, it was a well-planned act of terror. In no way has Obama merited reelection. The only "hope and change" now comes with getting this joker out of the White House.

    October 20, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. sparks2000

    Steve signing in from Pinellas county Florida-Obama all the way!

    October 20, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. dan

    The second debate was a draw? There was not a single topic in the second debate that Romney clearly answered better or more convincingly than Obama. Romney is showing early signs of Alzeimer's disease, just like second term Reagan. he can remember the 1950's like yesterday but forgets the lies he told last week. he has the old man shuffle in his walk and at the end of the debate he immediately looked for his wife Ann to lead him off the stage. What a disaster if he gets voted in

    October 20, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. blogo

    Let's vote for Romnye. Romeny believes that Native Americans are somehow related to
    a lost tribe from Israel. That tribe, they are told, came across the ocean about
    600 B.C. to America, led by an otherwise unknown Jewish prophet named "Lehi."

    October 20, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. MuckFohammad


    October 20, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Wilbur in Seattle

    These polls are conducted by random telephone surveys? When was the last time you were lonely enough to answer an "unknown caller"? This is without a doubt not the smartest group of people to be polled. The results still look accurate enough. Florida will go to Romney, by hook or by crook. North Carolina will be fairly won by Romney. And Ohio and Colorado will likely go to Obama. Iowa will make the decision in the race.

    October 20, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |

    The blue box is shrinking fast - may not be any blue left after monday night

    October 20, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Man! If CNN says it's a "toss-up", then Romney MUST be winning big in Florida and Ohio. Because the polls used by CNN are always heavily Dem sampled.

    October 20, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. counterww

    both these states will break to the R column. Lots of upset Dems next month.

    October 20, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    Romnesia Red will be the color in fashion this winter

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