Obama holds 51-45 Florida lead in new Quinnipiac poll; Nelson leads Mackby George Bennett | August 1st, 2012
Yes, that’s former WPTV Channel 5 reporter and anchor Tim Malloy, who took his talents to Quinnipiac University in 2010.
President Obama holds a 51-to-45 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows voters agreeing with Obama’s call for tax hikes on the wealthy and having some doubts about Romney’s experience heading the private equity firm Bain Capital.
Obama also holds a 6-point lead in Ohio and an 11-point advantage in Pennsylvania in the latest Quinnipiac swing-state roundup for The New York Times and CBS News.
Quinnipiac’s last Florida poll in late June showed Obama with a 45-to-41 percent lead. The new poll is the first time Obama’s support has topped 50 percent in Florida.
The latest poll, which has a 2.9 percent margin of error, also shows Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson leading likely Republican challenger Connie Mack by a 47-to-40 percent margin.
Voters disapprove of the way Gov. Rick Scott is handling his job by a 52-to-36 percent margin.
Obama is viewed favorably by 50 percent and unfavorably by 46 percent of Florida voters, while Romney has a 41/42 favorable/unfavorable score.
Obama’s job approval and disapproval scores are both 48 percent in the latest poll. His approval scores in Florida have consistently been underwater since May 2011, when he had a positive rating shortly after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Obama has made three trips to Florida over the past two months and will campaign in Winter Park, near Orlando, on Thursday. His campaign has criticized Romney’s experience at Bain Capital and blasted the presumptive nominee for not releasing multiple years of income tax returns.
When voters were asked if Romney “the right kind of business experience to get the economy creating jobs again or is Romney’s kind of business experience too focused on making profits,” 42 percent of Floridians said he has the right experience and 48 percent said he was too focused on profits.
Fifty-three percent of Florida voters say a presidential candidate should release multiple years of tax returns, with 19 percent agreeing with Romney that one or two years is enough and 23 percent saying it doesn’t matter.
Obama’s call for higher taxes on households earning more than $250,000 is supported by 58 percent of Florida voters and opposed by 37 percent.