Poll: Romney 47, Obama 41 in Florida; Rubio not a big factorby George Bennett | May 23rd, 2012
Romney’s 47-to-41 percent advantage in the new poll, which has a 2.4 percent margin of error, compares to a statistically insignificant 44-to-43 percent lead for the Republican in a Quinnipiac poll at the beginning of the month. And it compares to a 49-to-42 percent lead for Obama two months ago.
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The survey finds Florida voters, who approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2008, remain opposed to such unions by a 50-to-40 percent margin. When given a choice of three options, 36 percent support same-sex marriage, 34 percent support civil unions and 23 percent favor no legal recognition of any kind for same-sex relationships.
President Obama’s recent announcement that he supports gay marriage makes no difference in how they’ll vote for president, 63 percent of Florida voters say in the poll. Another 25 percent say it makes them less likely to vote for Obama, while 11 percent say they are more likely to vote for him because of the announcement.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio gets high favorability and approval ratings in the poll, but adding him to the presidential ticket wouldn’t have a big impact. A Romney-Rubio ticket gets 49 percent to 41 percent for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Voters have a net favorable view of Romney and a net unfavorable view of Obama. By a 50-to-40 percent margin, they say Romney would do a better job handling the economy.
Romney is viewed favorably by 44 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent — roughly the same numbers he’s had in Quinnipiac polls since late January.
Obama is viewed favorably by 45 percent and unfavorably by 50 percent of Florida voters. Asked to rate Obama’s job performance, 44 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove. Similarly, 44 percent say Obama deserves to be reelected, with 52 percent saying he doesn’t.
Rubio is viewed favorably by 44 percent and unfavorably by 24 percent. His job approval score is 54 percent positive and 27 percent negative.