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Q poll: Obama lead narrows in Florida after Ryan ‘micro-bump’ for Romney; Nelson leads Mack

by George Bennett | August 23rd, 2012

The newest Quinnipiac University poll shows President Obama holding a 49-to-46 percent lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters in Florida — down from a 6-point Obama lead in the state three weeks ago.

Quinnipiac attributes Romney’s modest gain to a “micro-bump” from naming Paul Ryan as his running mate.

The poll, conducted Aug. 15-21 with a 2.8 percent margin of error, is sure to continue the debate over Quinnipiac’s voter sample. In the latest survey, 34 percent of voters identified themselves as Democrats and 28 percent as Republicans. That compares to actual 2008 Florida turnout that was 37 percent Democratic and 34 percent Republican, according to exit polls.

Republicans have accused Quinnipiac of oversampling Democrats in its last few polls; Democrats aired similar complaints in May when Quinnipiac’s sample was 34 percent Republican and 31 percent Democrat and Romney had a 6-point lead.

Ryan is viewed favorably by 35 percent and unfavorably by 29 percent of Florida voters in the new poll. Vice President Joe Biden, by comparison, is viewed favorably by 37 percent and unfavorably by 44 percent.

The new poll also gives Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson a 50-to-41 percent lead over Republican Rep. Connie Mack. And it continues Gov. Rick Scott‘s streak of underwater approval ratings, with 41 percent approving of the governor’s job performance and 47 percent disapproving. Scott’s approval/disapproval score was 36/52 in Quinnipiac’s Aug. 1 poll.


10 Responses to “Q poll: Obama lead narrows in Florida after Ryan ‘micro-bump’ for Romney; Nelson leads Mack”

  1. Peacenik2012 Says:

    If Romney wins say goodbye to Social Security and Medicare.
    Not just for the elderly but for everyone.

    Once they are changed or eliminated they will NEVER come back. 

    Every penny you ever paid in F.I.C.A. taxes will be worthless.

  2. Suzi S Says:

    Did these polls include all viable candidates for President? I highly doubt they included any but the 2 main parties, ignoring Gary Johnson who is on all ballots. To me, polls are a sham when they restrict the voice of the people. To me, presidential debates are a sham when they usurp the voice of a viable candidate. If a candidate has the mathematical potential to become POTUS, they should be included. Thumbs down to every organization, media outlet, and commission who tries to stifle the opposition of the bogus 2-party system.

  3. Tim Says:

    Romney will get rid of social security and Medicare? That is as ridiculous a statement as the over the top charge by some right wingers that Obama is a communist. That type of rhetoric reaches the highest possible levels of absurdity. Are you really that uninformed or are you simply a DNC troll assigned to Florida blogs to push the silly Mediscare narrative?

  4. KentonVIC Says:

    OBAMA can’t run on his record so use whatever scare tactics they can–boy they must really be worried.

  5. Toni Says:

    Any one who thinks the Republicans are the party representing the middle class need only take an afternoon drive on A1A between the Lake Worth bridge south to the Woolbright bridge in Boynton and look at the actual palaces being erected by the Republican aristocracy. These are not regular mansions as we’ve seen them in the past but look more like multi-room motels. The Koch brothers (creators of Americans for Prosperity ad group) live in this area and are probably having their billionaire friends build close by. Their political pac should actually be renamed (Billionaires for More Prosperity).

  6. npgator Says:

    If Obama wins say goodbye to medicare and social security as both will be gone within 4 years. He has proven that he has no business acumen at all and has never in 3 plus years signed off on a budget! He will borrow over $700 million from medicare (seniors)and give it to Obamacare (non-seniors) and has no plan to try to keep either one solvent. He wants this country to fail!

  7. Downtown Danny Says:

    Romney said these words – “If I am elected as your President I will overturn Roe V Wade and end abortion in America” –
    So the rich will take “vacations” to foreign nations to get their abortions, the poor will deal with organized criminals in back alley vans and be left to bleed to death when things go bad.
    That’s the America Romney & Ryan will give us.
    No thanks.

  8. Eco-Czar Says:

    OBAMA-NOMICS: “No Hope and Chains by 2016!” Would you buy a used car from Bankrupt Barry Obama, Tiny Tim Geithner or Ben “Big Bubble” Bernanke?

  9. RENEGADE Says:


    Are you really so naive and foolish as to think that people would believe your BS. Given the fact that the Democratic party is well known for PROTECTING SS and Medicare. And have been doing so for 70 years. Everyone knows this. Making statements like your , its just plain dumb.
    But you win the village idiot of the week with your second statement. If he hadn’t signed off on a budget for 3 years then our gov’t would be shut down for 3 years now. Looks to me like the gov’t is functioning. Heck, no budget in three years then their can be no deficit for the past 3 years!!

  10. tin tuc Says:

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