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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.

12 Responses to “Poll: Obama tops Romney in Florida, 49-42; Scott disapproval at 52%”

  1. President Romney will be sworn in next January Says:

    There is no way Floridians will vote for Pres. Obama again. Gas prices will continue to skyrocket and unemployment will continue its trajectory upward.
    Who in their right mind would reelect a President who does not lead and does not understand economic policy? A President who directs and enacts policies which delberately spend trillions of dollars of debt on he backs of future generations that create 0 jobs and stifle economic growth? Obama is one and done. President Romney can’t get here fast enough. The liberal joy ride is over come November.

  2. Sad news Says:

    Gas, Groceries and Debt.

    You think this supposed turn around is real evidence of his policies? NO WAY, this pickup was generated to coincide with his re-election yr.

    Bernake has said it’s far from over, taxes are going to kick in and as Obama said to Medved: we’ll talk after the election.

    That same mentality applies to all Obama policies. big changes if re-elected.

    More agitation between the races, more protests and fearfully more Supreme Court appointees.

    Vote in 2012.

  3. phil Says:

    Obama will win because even florida voters will realize what an ass-kissing phony Romney is.

  4. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    It’s very simple.

    AMERICA HATES FASCISTS.

    Elect Democrats.

    Never vote for another Republican again.

    Make sure to register WAYYYY EARLY THIS YEAR.

    Register early.
    Register early.
    Register early.

    Get your friends and family REGISTERED EARLY.

    Then…

    VOTE VOTE VOTE!

    It’s time to clean house both at the FEDERAL level & the STATE level.

    If they are a Republican, VOTE AGAINST!

  5. The Real Perspective Says:

    President Obama will be easily re elected in November.

    God Bless President Obama and the USA!

  6. President Romney will be sworn in next January Says:

    Thankfully there are not as many marxist voters in Florida as are out blogging for Obama in state newspapers. (Florida Legislature composition is just one major example)

    Obama is one and done. The American people maybe somewhat complacent but they ar not STUPID.

  7. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    There are WAY more Democratic voters registered in Florida than Republicans.

    It’s a fact, look it up!

    IT’S TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE AT BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL!

    We need a NEW START in Florida.

    Enough of these fascist Republicans and their religious mandates, anti-woman laws, and their attacks on working families.

    ENOUGH!

    NEW DEMOCRATS WILL LEAD THE STATE BACK TO PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY.

  8. dan Says:

    Here we go again,The media is wetting its pants thinking Obama will get relected.If this President is so good he would have a bigger margin then what he has now.Wait till the gas prices go way over 4.00 a gallon when summer comes along while more people look for work when the schools let out,then will see what happens when inflation comes back full force.Obama will not win in November.I don’t know were they come up with these polls,but the people I talked to,who voted for Obama will definitly not vote for him again.

  9. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    Hey Mr. Gas Prices (“dan”),

    Check out the CNN/ORC poll today:

    If the general election were held today instead of in early November, 54% of registered voters say they would back Obama, with 43% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the GOP nomination battle. That’s up from a five-point 51%-46% advantage the president held over Romney in February.

    Who is responsible for the country’s current economic problems?

    Obama/Democrats 29%
    Bush/Republicans 56%

    Party Approval:

    Dem: 48% approval 45% disapproval
    GOP: 35% approval 58% disapproval

    General Election:

    Obama 54%
    R-money 43%

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2012/images/03/28/rel3d.pdf

  10. Searcher Says:

    I can’t believe that 36% of Floridians approve of Gov. Snott. They must all be Republicans.

    And I wouldn’t be so quick to count Obama out. The Repubs are engaged in a circular firing squad! By the time they are done, none of them will be electable!

  11. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    @ dan Says: . . . .

    You got that right, dan!

    “If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you’re not a racist,then you’ll have to vote for someone else in 2012 . . . to prove you’re not an idiot.”

  12. RENEGADE Says:

    If you voted Republican in 2008 you probably are a racist and you may as well vote republican in 2012 because we already know your an idiot!!

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