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Quinnipiac poll: Romney moves ahead of Obama in Florida
naplesnews ^ | 5/23/2012 | Michael Peltier

Posted on 05/23/2012 4:19:39 PM PDT by Signalman

TALLAHASSEE — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney moved ahead of President Barack Obama among Florida voters in the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll released Wednesday. The survey also shows most voters disapprove of the way the president is doing his job.

The poll shows Romney leading Obama 47-41 percent among Florida voters. That is up from a statistical dead heat two weeks ago and a Q-Poll conducted in March that showed the president with a 49-42 percent lead.

The independent poll also indicates that 63 percent of voters would not be more likely to vote against Obama based on the president's recent support for same-sex marriage, but 23 percent of likely voters say it would make them more inclined to vote for Romney.

Taken together, the poll results show a definite swing in Romney's favor, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant vice president of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“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," Brown said in a statement.

By a 44-35 margin, Florida voters view Romney favorably while Obama is given an unfavorable response 50 percent of the time. Voters were even more negative on the president's job performance, with 52 percent rating Obama's job performance unfavorably and saying he does not deserve a second term.

Also of concern to Democratic leaders, Romney is favored 44-36 percent by independent voters, an increasingly critical bloc in Florida's recent elections.

Obama's recent public support for same-sex marriage may also affect the president in the critical swing state. While about two in three voters say the president's support of gay marriage would not sway their vote, 23 percent say they would be more inclined to vote for Romney.

The same-sex question could prove decisive in the Florida races, as 22 percent of respondents said the issue was "very important" or "extremely important."

“While the issue of same-sex marriage looks like it affects only one-third of Florida voters, we know from experience what a few votes can mean in the Sunshine State,” Brown said.

The poll, which included 1,722 registered Florida voters, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percent.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: florida; quinnipiac

1 posted on 05/23/2012 4:19:49 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman
Taken together, the poll results show a definite swing in Romney's favor, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant vice president of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Lest it be forgotten that Reagan/Mondale were deemed "neck and neck" via the MSM up until the election eve of '84

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We won't know until it's done.

2 posted on 05/23/2012 4:27:59 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS
1972 Election-Nixon vs. McGovern


3 posted on 05/23/2012 4:38:02 PM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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4 posted on 05/23/2012 4:49:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Signalman

Note that they write, “slipped ahead.”

I am no Mittens fan, but come on...can he “pull ahead”.

It’s like he is only ahead by mistake.


5 posted on 05/23/2012 7:33:43 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Signalman

Good-sized sample, registered voters - real lead among those who will actually vote is probably more like 10 points than 6......


6 posted on 05/23/2012 9:46:59 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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