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AIF poll shows Obama in tight battle for Florida, with GOP helped by Rubio

by John Kennedy | August 19th, 2011

A new poll for the business lobby Associated Industries of Florida shows President Obama deadlocked with former Republican Mitt Romney but holding a 5 percentage point lead in the Sunshine State over newly minted contender, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The survey, by McLaughlin & Associates, was conducted Aug. 8-9, with 600 likely general election voters questioned in Florida. It has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 4 percent.

Ryan Tyson, AIF’s vice-president of political operations, pointed out that the poll showed 44 percent of Floridians are willing to re-elect Obama. But, Tyson said, that level of support represents “a bad sign for the president.”

The poll included a narrower survey of  223 likely Republican primary voters about their preference for a nominee. Romney topped Perry by 27 percent to 16 percent, with Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachman third, with 10 percent support.

Twenty-two percent of Republican primary voters were unsure of a favorite, the poll showed. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who is running his national campaign out of his wife’s ex-hometown, Orlando, doesn’t appear to be getting any in-state bump – drawing support from a mere 3 percent of Floridians surveyed.

Home cooking can help, though. Thirty-three percent of those responding said they were more likely to support a Republican for president, if Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was on the ticket as a vice-presidential candidate.

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7 Responses to “AIF poll shows Obama in tight battle for Florida, with GOP helped by Rubio”

  1. Thomas Says:

    Everyone is against Obama, and is looking for the slightest reason to jump on the Republican bandwagon. They don’t care if republicans keep giving corporations more tax dollars every year, while robbing social security to pay for it, They don’t care if the republicans hold firm in their efforts to protect the tax breaks for the rich, with people like Warren Buffet bragging about paying less taxes than his secretary. All they care about is anyone but Obama, while they sacrifice their futures letting the republican party continue there path of greed. God bless America.

  2. Peter Schorsch Says:

    Takeaways from AIF’ poll showing prez race deadlocked, Romney leading the primary and Rubio so popular

    http://t.co/Eq3lQXm

  3. phil Says:

    If you like Ricky Scott
    Florida you will love Romney. My brother worked for one of his Baine Capital Corp.
    The first thing they
    do is start firing people or outsourcing
    jobs out of the US.
    Given the poor judgement of Florida voters they will elect another Rick Scott.

  4. Bob Says:

    You’re right Phil—stupid Floridians (and there are many) would vote for the Devil if he was Republican and promised smaller government, no tax increases, no gay rights, no abortions, and that everyone must worship him and him only!Ignorant bunch we have down here!

  5. dan Says:

    Hey stupid Bob PBC votes Dem in every election and look who we have in the WH.A boy trying do a mans job.What a bunch of ignorant voters we have in PBC who screwed up the 2000 election by not knowing how to vote.Typical dumb Northeast NY,NJ A#@holes.

  6. EddieGin Says:

    I think “thomas” is a fruit loop. Do something called “HOME-Work” OK simpleton, and find out how many years YOUR Dumbo-rats have been in charge of congress from 1930. Then get back with me ok jerk.

  7. Donna Says:

    Marco Rubio is an illegal wet back from Cuba and should be sent back to his country on a raft with the rest of his family.He is not an AMERICAN!

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