Poll: Obama tops Romney in Florida, 49-42; Scott disapproval at 52%by George Bennett | March 28th, 2012
With Florida voters perceiving an improvement in the economy, President Obama has opened up a 49-to-42 percent lead over Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.
Obama leads Republican Rick Santorum by a 50-37 margin in Florida in the new poll.
Florida voters are divided in their opinion of Obama. They narrowly disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, with 49 percent giving him unfavorable marks and 47 percent approving. But they say by a 50-47 margin he deserves to be reelected.
The poll of 1,228 Florida voters, taken March 20-26, has a 2.8 percent margin of error.
Gov. Rick Scott gets a 52 percent disapproval rating, with 36 percent approving.
The poll found 68 percent of Floridians believe the economy is in a recession, but 57 percent say it’s improving. Asked who would do a better job of handling economic issues, Florida voters side with Romney by a 48-45 margin.
The national unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in January 2009 when Obama took office. It was 8.3 percent in February. Florida’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in January 2009 and 9.6 percent in January 2012.
The Florida poll was part of an ongoing swing-state project. Quinnipiac also released polls showing Obama with a 47-41 lead over Romney in Ohio and a too-close-to-call 45-42 edge in Pennsylvania.