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Survey USA shows Obama, Mack with leads
Posted Jul 23, 2012 by William March
Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM
A Survey USA robopoll shows Barack Obama and Connie Mack IV with significant leads among Florida voters.
The poll, conducted for WFLA-TV in Tampa. showed Obama leading Mitt Romney 48-43 percent, and Mack leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson 48- 42 percent.
Survey USA used automated dial methodology to sample opinions of 647 likely voters July 17-19, for an error margin of 3.9 percent.
The outcomes differ from most other recent polling, which has shown the presdential race too close to call, with Obama holding a very slight lead well under the error margin, and the Senate race also close, but with Nelson holding an edge.
It also contradicts the conventional wisdom that Nelson and Obama would likely stand or fall together in Florida.
The most recent poll using human callers, done by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, showed Obama with a 1-point lead, 46-45 percent, and Nelson with a significant lead, 47-42 percent.
However, the new Survey USA result in the Senate race agrees with a recent automated-dial poll by Rasmussen Reports. It showed Mack with a significant lead, 46-37 percent.
You can check a summary of recent polling in both races here.