Obama clings to Florida lead; his immigration directive gets 58% supportby George Bennett | June 27th, 2012
Florida voters strongly approve of President Obama‘s new immigration directive halting the threat of deportation for as many as 1.4 million young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that finds Obama clinging to a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State.
Obama’s 45-to-41 percent lead in a poll with a 2.8 percent margin of error is similar to the 4-point lead he held in another Quinnipiac poll released last week.
The new poll was one of three swing-state surveys released by Quinnipiac today. Other polls found Obama with a 9-point lead in Ohio and a 6-point margin in Pennsylvania.
The new poll shows Florida’s Senate race is a virtual tie, with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson getting 41`percent and Republican Rep. Connie Mack at 40 percent, with 17 percent of voters undecided. Both Nelson and Mack face primary foes Aug. 14, but are heavily favored to win their respective party nominations.
Obama — whose administration boasted in October that it had deported a record 396,906 illegal immigrants in the year that ended Sept. 30 — directed Homeland Security this month to lift the threat of deportation for undocumented people under 30 who were brought to the U.S. as children.
That policy is supported by 58 percent of Florida voters, with 33 percent opposed. It gets 52 percent support in Ohio and 51 percent support in Pennsylvania.
But 58 percent of Florida voters say the policy won’t influence their vote for president, with 22 percent saying it makes them less likely to vote for Obama and 17 percent saying they are more likely to support the president.
The newest poll was taken June 19-25. Romney visited Florida on June 21 and Obama on June 22, with both addressing the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials convention in Lake Buena Vista.
Hispanic voters in Florida favor Obama by a 56-to-32 percent margin in the new poll. The Hispanic sample has an 8.5 percent margin of error. Obama got 57 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008.