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Q Poll: Romney has significant lead in Florida
Posted May 23, 2012 by William March
Updated May 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Mitt Romney with a significant lead over Barack Obama in Florida, 47 percent to 41 percent.
The poll also shows Romney gains two points if Sen. Marco Rubio is added to the ticket, boosting Romney to a 49-41 percent lead. Some previous polls have raised questions about whether Rubio’s presence ont he ticket would help Romney.
The poll of registered also showed a majority disapproving Obama’s performance in office, 52 percent with 44 percent approving, and 50 percent thinking Romney would do a better job handling the economy, to 40 percent saying Obama would.
The poll included phone interviews with 1,722 registered voters May 15–21, for an error margin of 2.4 percentage points.
The numbers continue a gradual improvement in Romney’s standing against Obama in Quinnipiac Florida polls since late March, when he trailed with 42 percent to Obama’s 49 percent.
The poll also included several questions on the subject of allowing marriage or legally recognized civil unions for same-sex couples. Some of the responses:
—50 percent said they oppose same-sex marriage to 40 percent in favor.
—63 percent said Obama’s stand in favor of same-sex marriage won’t affect their vote for president, while 25 percent said the stance would make them less likely to vote for him and 11 percent said more likely.
—Given a choice of three options—allowing same-sex marriage, allowing civil unions or forbidding any legal recognition of same-sex relationships, 36 percent favored marriage, 34 percent civil unions and 23 percent no recognition.
—59 percent said Romney’s stance opposing civil unions would make no difference in whether they voted for him, while 23 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for him and 15 percent said more likely.
Full results here.