In Florida, Romney stronger than Gingrich against Obama, Q poll saysby 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.