Romney’s Florida gains tied to economy, poll showsby John Kennedy | May 23rd, 2012
Despite clashes over reproductive rights and same-sex marriage, the presidential fight in Florida appears certain to pivot on the economy, a Quinnipiac University poll Wednesday suggests.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, holds a 47-41 percent over President Obama in the latest survey. Since Republicans began rallying around Romney following his late primary victories, the former Massachusetts governor also has gained in Florida across most voter groups.
Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute, said rising optimism among voters about the economy has lately gone flat. And that souring has helped Romney.
“The reproductive rights issues and some of the social issues rank much lower on the priority scale of voters than things like the economy,” Brown said. “What’s moved voters toward Romney in Florida has moved both men and women. It’s not just women’s issues, mens issues. The economy is what matters over all.”
Romney is viewed as better able to handle the economy 50-40 percent, the poll showed.
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