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In Florida, Romney stronger than Gingrich against Obama, Q poll says

by George Bennett | January 26th, 2012

Mitt Romney gets more support from Florida’s independent voters than Newt Gingrich and would be a stronger Republican presidential nominee against President Obama in November, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.

Romney and Obama are tied at 45 percent in the poll while the president would defeat Gingrich by a 50-to-39 margin in Florida the poll says.

The big difference between the Republican frontrunners: while Romney and Obama are virtually tied among independent voters, the president would defeat Gingrich by a 50-to-33 percent margin among independents in Florida.

Obama’s approval rating remains underwater in Florida, with 46 percent approving of the way he handles his duties and 52 percent disapproving. Only 43 percent of independents give Obama a positive job approval score, with 53 percent negative.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott remains unpopular, although his job disapproval score inched below 50 percent for the first time. Only 36 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Scott is doing, while 49 percent disapprove. Scott’s disapproval score has consistently been 50 percent or higher before this poll.

Electability has been a key argument for Romney, and GOP primary voters seem to agree that Romney would be a stronger candidate against Obama. But that might not be enough to earn their votes. In a Quinnipiac poll of likely Republican primary votes released Wednesday, Romney and Gingrich were virtually tied. In the same poll, 49 percent of Republicans said Romney has the best chance of defeating Obama while only 35 percent said Gingrich would be the stronger candidate.

The poll released today surveyed 1,518 registered voters Thursday through Monday and has a 2.5 percent margin of error.

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4 Responses to “In Florida, Romney stronger than Gingrich against Obama, Q poll says”

  1. NO to Newt Says:

    Romney’s background is taking failing companies and trying to turn them around.

    He knows what it takes. Has he been 100% perfect? NO! The only “perfect” one is Obama according to the media and the hype the press spews.

    America needs a turnaround. We’re struggling. We’re $15,000,000,000,000 in debt. Obama’s programs have Failed.

    Obama has spent more money than all presidents combined!

    ObamaCare is causing healthcare costs to rise.

    Medicare was cut by $500 billion!

    Obama has not protected our borders. Illegals continue to stream across.

  2. Tea Lady Says:

    Oh, pish-posh! This fabricated idea that “only Romney” can defeat Mr. Obama. Horsefeathers!

    Many of us revel in the thought of watching Mr. Gingrich debating Mr. Obama. Mr. Gingrich is an excellent orator and debater, and will not allow Mr. Obama to use his tedious, sermonizing condescension.

    Besides, We Tea Partiers do NOT (repeat, do NOT) bow to the “establishment” candidate! Mr. Romney is NOT the presumptive nominee!

    .. and Citizen’s Insurance will be dismantled!

  3. Rawhide Says:

    Romney touts a strong military, will any of his military age sons be part of it, so far none have chosen to serve.

  4. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    The truth is that both Romney and Gingrich are representative of the things people dislike most in the current status quo:

    1) Wall Street = Romney is the 1% of the 1% and is calling for an even MORE unfair tax code

    2) Crony Capitalism = Gingrich is the consummate corporate insider, dealing corporate influence in exchange for votes.

    It’s really that simple.

    These two candidates are fundamentally FATALLY FLAWED.

    President Obama is the only one who actually gives a damn about the Middle Class, the hard-working families in this country who are struggling to make ends meet.

    If the Republicans cared about the Middle Class, they would have offered a platform to help them. They have made a choice NOT to do so. That is their choice. It only exhibits perfectly that they are unqualified to be President.

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