Poll: Romney Inches Past Obama in Florida
Most polls of Florida voters taken in the past few months have shown President Barack Obama with a slim but definite lead over Mitt Romney, but now that Romney is all but the official nominee it seems that he's now taken the slimmest of leads in the Sunshine State according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.
The poll found that 44 percent of Floridians now line up behind Mitt, compared to 43 percent for Obama. That is indeed a statistical tie. A Rasmussen reports poll from last week also shows Romney with a one point lead in a statistical tie.
"Gov. Mitt Romney has closed President Barack Obama's leads in Ohio and Florida to the point that those two states are now essentially tied, a turnaround from the end of March when the president enjoyed leads in those key states," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a release.
Obama's job performance has a 46-50 approval rating, and a 50 - 45 percent split of Floridians say he doesn't deserve to win reelection.
"The dead heat in Florida appears to be a result of Obama's decline as much as anything else. In March the president had a 51 - 44 favorability rating compared to 46 - 47 percent today," Brown said. "Romney barely moved, from 41 - 36 favorable in March to 40 - 34 percent favorable now."
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