Polling roundup: Obama edging Romney in 4 of 5 Florida polls over past weekby George Bennett | September 24th, 2012
The presidential race in Florida remains tight, with President Obama edging Mitt Romney in four of five Florida polls tracked by Real Clear Politics and released since Romney’s “47 percent” remarks in Boca Raton achieved virality.
A survey released Sunday night by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling gives Obama a 50-to-46 percent lead in the Sunshine State. That’s roughly even considering the poll’s 3.3 percent margin of error. PPP found Romney’s favorable/unfavorable percentages dropping from 49/47 at the beginning of the month to 44/51 now — a nine-point plunge.
A Mason-Dixon poll for The Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times found a virtual tie, with Obama’s 48-to-47 percent lead in Florida within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error.
An automated We Ask America poll conducted the day after Romney’s remarks were publicized showed Obama with a 49.1-45.5 lead in Florida. It’s one of the few polls that includes Libertarian Gary Johnson and shows him drawing 1.3 percent. The poll’s margin of error is 2.8 percent.
Mother Jones magazine publicized Romney’s remarks from a May fundraiser on Sept. 17. A Fox News poll conducted Sept. 16-18 shows Obama leading 49 percent to 44 percent with a 3 percent margin of error.
A Sept. 15-19 Purple Strategies poll is the only recent survey to show Romney leading in Florida. The GOP nominee has a 48-to-47 percent lead in that poll, which has a 4 percent margin of error.