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PPP poll: Obama leads Romney in Florida 50-45
Posted Apr 17, 2012 by William March
Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
In his best showing in a Public Policy Polling survey in more than a year, President Barack Obama now leads Mitt Romney 50-45 percent in Florida.
The poll also suggests Sen. Marco Rubio wouldn’t help Romney much in Florida—with Rubio as Romney’s running mate, Obama’s lead actually increased, to 50-43 percent.
One Floridian, however, did boost Romney’s chances against Obama—former Gov. Jeb Bush. A Romney-Bush ticket cut Obama’s to three points, 49-46 percent.
Public Policy Polling is a North Carolina-based polling and political consulting firm which is Democratic-oriented, but says its published polls are neutral.
Its president, Dean Debnam, noted that it’s a long time until November but said Obama “is looking very strong in Florida right now. That’s bad news for the GOP because it’s hard to see them winning this fall without the Sunshine State in their column.”
Some results of the poll:
—Obama’s job performance got a positive, 51-45 percent approval/disapproval rating.
—Romney had negative favorability ratings—51 percent unfavorable to 41 percent unfavorable.
—Gov. Rick Scott’s job performance got a negative, 34-54 percent approval rating.
The poll is consistent with others showing an uptick recently in Obama’s favorability ratings and electoral chances in Florida. Quinnipiac University and Rasmussen Research polls last month both also showed Obama leading Romney in Florida, although his lead in the Rasmussen poll, three points, was less than the error margin.
Obama won Florida by 2.8 percentage points in 2008. Respondents in the PPP poll tied at 47-47 when asked whether they voted for Obama or John McCain in 2008.
See the full results here.