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Mitt-mentum: Dem pollster says Romney gains 5 points in Florida since debate

by George Bennett | October 15th, 2012

A new Florida poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Mitt Romney edging President Obama in Florida by a 49-to-48 percent margin — a net gain of five points for the Republican nominee since a PPP poll in late September showed Obama with a 50-to-46 percent edge.

The poll shows independent voters breaking toward Romney since the end of September. Romney leads 51-to-43 percent among independents in PPP’s survey of 791 likely voters conducted Friday through Sunday. The poll has a 3.4 percent margin of error. Obama held a 51-to-40 lead among independents a few weeks ago, according to PPP.

“Mitt Romney has the momentum after his strong debate performance last week, but Barack Obama’s still very much in it,” says PPP President Dean Debnam.

The poll found Florida voters thought Vice President Joe Biden won last week’s debate against Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan by a 44-to-40 percent margin. But voters have an overall negative opinion of Biden (45 percent favorable, 50 percent unfavorable) and an overall positive view of Ryan (50 percent positive, 44 percent negative).

PPP’s survey says Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson leads Republican Connie Mack by a 45-to-37 percent margin. Nelson and Mack hold a televised debate Wednesday night from Nova Southeastern University in Davie.


54 Responses to “Mitt-mentum: Dem pollster says Romney gains 5 points in Florida since debate”

  1. florida815 Says:

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

  2. Shan Says:

    Unfortunately, the fact that Romney can gain any traction based on his debate performance says a lot about how disengaged some voters are in following the political process and ideaologies of the parties including what’s really at stake. The fact that Romney can look directly into a camera, lie to the American public, albeit convincingly, and take political stances that are 180 degrees from his stances during the past almost two years, clearly shows a “double-mindedness” that would be very dangerous as a leader of the free world and devastating for the “47%” of this country for which he carries disdain. I would trust this guy as far as I could pick him up and throw him, regardless of what he says and how elegant he might sound. I see a greed in this man’s nature that suggests he will say anything and stop at nothing to become President. However, since he won’t stop, I hope at least 51% of America sees this fascade for what it is and do it for him. I don’t know if the Mormon bible says it but the book of James in the Christian Bible says “A double-minded man is unstable in ALL ways”. People who are moving towards this guy had better examine him much more deeply than a debate “performance”…because that’s all it was – a performance.

  3. HAHAHA Says:

    Big deal-Wait until tomorrow night’s debate. Obama is going to kick some
    Republican tail (just like Biden did!!)


  4. HAHAHA Says:

    @Shan-You are absolutely right. Money is the root of all evil and Romney can be bought. People better wake up. The devil is a liar and so is Romney-I don’t see a difference between the two.

  5. HAHAHA Says:

    There is NO way Obama could have fixed what took eight years to create in just four. He improved the economy WITHOUT the help of Congress, and look where we are. Think of where we might have been if he had help and everyone worked together instead of following their own selfish agenda to ensure Obama was a one-term president; AT THE COST AND DETRIMENT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. Some of these sheep can’t see that and it’s scary.

  6. Julio Says:

    Romney has experience, and vast at that, in the business world. President Obama and his staff have done nothing but cripple businesses, small and large alike,
    A country cannot prosper by multiplying its debt and the extension of unemployment benefits and food stamps. Doesn’t matter what Bible you adhear to, the Democrats are just poison to the private sector and while President Obama and his team inherited a hornet’s nest, they have just piled on with disastrous economic policies and they need to go.

  7. Julio Says:

    Biden….please…all he did was smirk and interrupt during the debate. Where has he been during the last 4 years?
    He is an Obama-puppet.
    We are a laughing stock across the world and will be moreover if we have to bear another 4 years of this.
    Having embassies/consulates bombed and terrorized throughout the world has been accepted as commonplace and this is UNACCEPTABLE.

  8. npgator Says:

    The Obama party will be coming to an end very soon and thank God!!

  9. Florda Legislator Says:

    The only poll that counts is the General Election. I never answer polls, and there are many people like me, but we VOTE! That’s why polls have it wrong very often when it’s a close elections. They poll people who have a landline, which does not represent the population at large. Want to know who we want as President? Just be patient and wait for November 7.

  10. AmericanCitizenX Says:

    The Obama/Biden team will come through in Florida. All the hate in the world is not enough to stop progress. What will surprise the Party of NO the night of the election is by how many points Obama wins Florida. A large majority of first time voters are not being polled, the key to Obama’s win in November. Just remember that there were more Democrats registered in Florida than Republicans in spite of the Party of NO’s fraudulent voter registrations via Strategic Allied Consultant. This speaks directly to effectiveness of Obama/Biden’s ground game. Not to mention 4 million plus donors! The Party of NO will lose Florida and Ohio again in this election.

  11. jac Says:

    O’Bama’s huge mistake was to allow the Rich sitting with trillions and trillions of dollars most of it sitting offshore to be allowed to keep the Bush Tax cuts that have never trickled down to us. We have been subsidizing them through all of this bad recession. God forbid they struggle in all of this. Romney only experience is to bleed companies out of their hard earned dollars to fill investors pockets. He will do that same to us as his investors which is THE TOP 10% IN THIS COUNTRY. He and Ryan uses FEAR to get you to vote for them like those death panels. They have been in insurance and hosipitals for over 20 years. While those teapartiers that have been elected pretty much have done nothing in congress or the House of Representitives. Utopia is not the GOP they caused this mess while still wanting to capitalize on it by still filling their pockets with your tax dollars.

  12. Cas Lee Says:

    October 15, 2012
    Hello, my fellow American voters!
    I watched the Oct. 3rd presidential and Oct. 11th vice-presidential debates.
    Romney-Obama debate covered 7 topics: jobs; budget deficit/debt; social security/entitlements; federal regulation of economy; healthcare; federal government role in economy; partisan gridlock.
    Ryan-Biden debate covered 10 topics: Libya; Iran; economy; medicare/social security/entitlements; taxes/tax reform/spending/budget cuts; military policy; Afghanistan; Syria; abortion; negative campaign tactics.
    As an INDEPENDENT, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.
    Romney and Ryan won both debates.
    Ryan won despite Biden’s consistently rude/disrespectful behavior during the debate.
    Biden’s tactics to evade issues/truth were disrespectful to Americans interested in facts, figures, forecasts, and solutions for real people with real problems.
    Biden interrupted Ryan often, laughed often while Ryan was talking, and pointed his finger often.
    Romney and Ryan won with substance, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, and leadership. But these debates are NOT about who wins but rather about who is the best person in terms of qualifications/character to lead our country to solve problems and make life better for all Americans.
    I am inspired by Romney/Ryan, and I hope that you are too!
    Best regards,
    Cas Lee

  13. Shan Says:

    You’re buying into the rhetoric versus the truths. Job growth have steadily been on the “incline” for over two years under Obama. Loans to the auto industry, orchestrated under Obama, saved an additional million jobs.
    Romney’s “claim to fame”, once you dissect all of the rhetoric, comes down to outsourcing manufacturing jobs oversees and shutting down American factories/businesses in the interest of making more profit. Clearly understand, I don’t consider profit a dirty because I’m in the business of making it myself (here in America – God Bless America) BUT, at the end of the day, how do you see Romney’s “business” approach helping any American worker?
    Lastly, I can tell how easily you dismissed the Bible in your comment, its teachings mean little or nothing to you. The fact that I try to live it everyday (not just on Sunday like many) reveals Mitt Romney very clearly to me. Any person that outright “lies” will “murder” as well simply because he murders with the “poison” of his tongue…speaks deceptively – stuff like that. The Bible teaches that as well. Personal character means a lot to me and Obama has not wavered once on his message, commitment and intent for America – and for ALL its people – not just the 1-2%. Romney wavers and lies at every convenient opportunity. Voters – BEWARE!!

  14. AmericanCitizenX Says:

    That’s fine for you Mr. Lee, if you admit being swayed by Romney’s shifting positions on the very important issues facing this country, like taxes, abortion, jobs, etc. Obama has delivered on many of his promises:

    1. Reversed the jobs hemorrhage and created 5 million jobs

    2. Equalized women’s pay in the workforce with the Lilly Ledbetter Act

    3. Stopped insurance companies from classifying a natural occurrence such as pregnancy as a “pre-existing condition”.

    4. Hunted down Bin Laden and put him to eternal rest.

    5. Reigned in Wallstreet.

    6. Saved the American auto industry while Romney wanted it to go bankrupt (reason Obama will win Ohio)

    7. Over 4 million donors (true grassroots movement)

    All this was done in spite of the opposition and obstruction of the Party of NO who from day one pledged to make Obama a one term president. Obama has shown to have the character and fortitude to lead this nation out of the ruins the GOP left it in.

  15. Half Pint Says:

    R/R= loss of women’s rights.

  16. Obamahater Says:

    To all the halfbreed suporters! You just can’t fix stupid!Our country is the laughing stock of the world. He allow our Americans to be killed, and then tries to cover it up by blaming a movie.He spends money faster than he can barrow it! He has raised the deficit more than anyother President ( I use that word lightly)He is nothig but a liar, and con artist!!

  17. $716 Billion Lie Says:

    Medicare is in dire straits and President Obama raided the funds of $716 billion and gave that money to ObamaCare.

    That $716 billion could have been banked, saved and applied to next year’s Medicare.

    But no, ObamaCare was more important than Medicare.

    So, steal the $716 billion from Medicare (doesn’t the President Know how to Save money and bank this vast amount for future application to Medicare?

    Nope, Obama applied the $716 billion to ObamaCare so he could say, “see, no additional taxes were need to start up ObamaCare”

    Yeah, Obama Stoled it from seniors’ Medicare program.

    President Obama plainly lies.

  18. Women are being Used by democrats Says:

    Every election year, the democrats trot out the well worn ‘war on women’.

    Well, in the 1990′s a conservative Supreme Court reviewed Roe V Wade and did not, repeat did not, repeal it.

    The Supreme court doesn’t overturn itself especially on such an emotional issue.

    The democrats Use the scare Tactic to try and woo women to vote for them.

    This will continue in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, 2028, 2030 and forever. It’s a democrat political tactic.

    And the League of Women Voters = Democrats. It’s a biased group. Has a proven history of Endorsing democrats over other good candidates

  19. Downtown Danny Says:

    So Republicans will happily vote for a draft dodger.
    Mormons were the ONLY religion that got their members a complete pass on the Vietnam War Draft – imagine how many preferences they’ll get themselves with Mitt in the WH.

    And for women – let the beatings begin.

  20. Jerence Says:

    To all, don’t hate the playa, hate the game!!

  21. HAHAHA Says:

    @716 billion lie: Contrary to your ‘belief’ Medicare is not in dire straits. It is currently SOLVENT until 2016. Now, the 716 billion ‘taken’ from Medicare, is a REDUCTION in the PROFITS providers have been stealing from the system for YEARS. That reduction doesn’t directly affect Medicare particpants-in fact; under ‘ObamaCare’, Medicare benefits INCREASE and out of pocket expenses DECREASE.

    Check the facts:

    PLEASE BECOME INFORMED!! Don’t believe everything you see, hear and read.

  22. HAHAHA Says:

    @Julio-Let me guess: You are of Cuban descent and you are misinformed and clinging to the Republican party out of symphathy for their position against Castro. I may be totally off base, but your comments are so wrong it’s scary.

    Romney/Ryan=Women’s rights?? NOT!!!

    Less government intrusion and involvment in your lives??? I personally don’t want Wall Street gambling with my Social Security money that I’ve worked hard all my life to earn. SOMEONE STANDS TO PROFIT!!! I personally don’t believe in abortion (because of my faith) but that doesn’t mean I can tell someone else what to do with their body. IF ROMNEY IS ELECTED WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE 50s. Communism is alive and well. The haves and the have nots; an elite class and a poor class. People better pay attention and become informed. Unless you’re David Siegel, Donald Trump or the Koch brothers, do your homework. Don’t vote for someone because of THEIR stance or views on an issue, vote because they share YOUR personal views and/or beliefs. What Romney said behind closed doors when he thought only his rich buddies heard is how he really feels. Think about where you feel the most comfortable expressing your true feelings. Not in front of a crowd that may have different views/opinions.

    Go to and take the quiz. Answer truthfully, then look at the results. You may be surprised.

  23. HAHAHA Says:

    @CasLee-You’re voting for Romney/Ryan because of who you think won the debates?? Romney was so disrespectful during the first Presidential debate it was terrible. Just because Joe Biden came out swinging and wouldn’t let slimy Ryan lie and get away with it, he’s disrespectful?? You should watch the Presidential debate again and count how many times Romney interrupted, talked over and made faces during the 90 minute program.

  24. HAHAHA Says:

    @Obamahater-Who created the record deficit?

  25. HAHAHA Says:

    Another Romney LIE! Perpetrated by those who contributed to his campaign!!

  26. Obamahater Says:

    @HAHAHA. Odumbass did! This usless halfbreed is a nothing more than a terrorist trying to destroy this country with cuts to the military, and to all this country stands for! I noticed you said nothing about the lies he created, about muslum flim he blamed on the attack on our Embassy. Where four real americans were killed! I guess you think that’s funny too! Dumbass

  27. John Lopez Says:

    I run a landscaping and maintenance company that employs about 175 people.The cost of obamacare for me to insure or be fined if i do not, coupled with the increased income taxes on me will essentially reduce my take home net income by 50% and likely cause us to scale down the size of the company and only focus on the most profitable accounts. This will leave 50 to 75 people out of work with us. This is a real issue that gets no press.

  28. Tom Says:

    Mittens will lose five points after tomorrow nights debate.

  29. rukiddingme? Says:

    Typical Liberal delusions. Romney/Ryan will win big in Florida and will win big overall. The Liberal philosophy is to stick their heads in the sand and ignore facts. Obama is sunk and it’s simply because the majority of Americans can finally see him for what he is…an empty suit…or empty chair.

    Thank God our long national nightmare will soon be over.

  30. Maritza Says:

    Yes, and he lost them one hour later when he changed position once again. Research this candidate and you will be scratching your head trying to make sense of what he stands for when he flip flops as often as he changes his socks.

    This patter goes back all the way to when he was running for Governer.

    This independent is choosing Obama over this lying nut case.

  31. Todd Lowery Says:

    I used to be a Democratic Senatorial District Delegate and this trickle up poverty isn’t what I signed on for. Obama is no Clinton. What Bill Clinton had Barack Obama couldn’t even borrow to get. Clinton had true bi-partisanship; Obama couldn’t bribe a vote from legislators, even in the Democratic Senate! We don’t need another 4 years of this. We don’t need a do-over president; we need a do-er. Obama couldn’t make a profit in a lemonade stand; he’d give away all the product and earnings and have too much overhead. I want a real businessman to turn our suffering economy into a surplus economy. I want someone who has proven success, and can demonstrate it in his own life. I want the same opportunities for my kids that my folks had for me, I want my kid to be able to find work when he graduates in four years. That’s not going to happen under Obama. Just look at his record. Are college graduates able to find work? No. Obama’s gotta go.
    Elect Romney!

  32. HAHAHA Says:

    @Obamahater-The mental hospital takes walk-ins. I suggest you run, not walk to check yourself in. You’re not only delusional; you are a danger to yourself and other sane, intelligent, rational people.

  33. HAHAHA Says:

    @Obamahater: P.S. You have a future as a cult leader; another Jim Jones in the making.

  34. HAHAHA Says:

    Facts don’t lie. You can argue all you want. BE INFORMED!!
    Every politician lies, but we have to elect the one who lies the least and won’t destroy this country further.

  35. HAHAHA Says:

    @Obamahater: P.S.S.-It’s spelled ‘borrow’ not ‘barrow’. Uneducated sloth.

  36. Otown Says:

    with 90% of the hispanic vote, barack should win fla easily over romney.

  37. Rabbi Hamadinijad Says:

    What the average voter is not saying is that they are voting for Romney. Extreme left liberals are going to be shocked. Better yet, I predict they are going to say the election was stolen.

    Obama, socialism, and a divided nation will be a thing of the past soon.

  38. Obamahater Says:

    @HAHAHA. That’s the best you could come up with? A typo? Guess the record of your halfbreed prez speaks for it self!! Now I understand why your screen name is HAHAHA. You’re a joke! I’m also betting your on Odumbass entitlement plan! So go back to your sec8 housing, pull your food stamp card out,and the use your Odumbass phone to call your Dr for your free visit! Mitt Romney will put this halfbreed where he belongs! Have an entitlement day dumbass HAHAHA

  39. WoW ;) ;) Says:

    @Obamahater, it amazes me how an individual can show such disrespect for the Office of the President, regardless what party is in power. The short memories of the previous administrations horrible policy decisions which directly fueled our current mess, always baffles me. I can easily go back to Clinton’s second term and see why we have the problems we do today. I believe a Republican held power for 8 of those years, yet Obamahater just fails to mention that.

    I’m no fan of Obama, but to call the president the names you do on a public forum, just sickens me. George Bush was a drunk and quite honestly not very intelligent. Clinton’s issues are legendary. Be lucky we don’t live in a country where someone doesn’t knock on your door and make you disappear after posting the BS you do. You sir, are the dumbass!!!

  40. Concerned Taxpayer Says:

    Obama has been exposed as a fraud and an incompetent. It is just fact. His policies, domestic and foreign, have been utter failures. Obama would make Jimmy Carter look good if it wasn’t for the fact he is so much like Richard Nixon.

  41. RENEGADE Says:

    Concerned Taxpayer aka Bigdem akaralphboy aka rock3360 aka Our locals flaming racist troll!!!!!

    Just another pathetic,old, fat, white, trailer trash failure in life who can’t stand that we have an intelligent african American in the whitehouse who is more successful and more intelligent than his ” superior” white ass will ever be!!!!

    Bush amde America dream of Jimmy Carter again!!!!Obama is 10 times the President Bush was!
    The fraud is Mitt Romney. Not to mention a felon multiple times over!
    Draft doger.
    Has magic underwear and believes God is 6’2″ and comes from a planet called Kolob!!!

    Believes Mormons are going to take over the United States and then the world!!
    Comes from a family with a long history of hatred for the US and our Gov’t, Constitution and laws!!!

    Lied to the American peple 27 times in 38 minutes during the last debate!

  42. R-MONEY Says:

    Top 10 firms that have donated to Romney:

    FOUR of them = BIG BANKS who caused the Great Recession!!!

    FOUR of them = PRIVATE EQUITY firms that have outsourced all our jobs to China!!!


    Ummm. Hello America! Wake UP America before it’s too late and Medicare is history. They want to end Medicare within the first 100 days of a Romney presidency. And slash taxes for the rich by 20%. And roll back women’s rights! Helloooo! WAKE UP!

    We CANNOT allow these vulture capitalists and profiteers without a conscience to control our entire country. It would be utter devastation Just like under Bush.

    Here is the full list:

    Below is a list of the top 10 firms whose employees gave the most in contributions to the fund.


    Description: Bank

    Total amount: $1.3 million

    Note: Has remained a Number One giver to Romney’s Victory Fund and notably kicked up its giving from the second quarter, when its employees gave $902,310.


    Description: Private equity firm

    Total amount: $986,400

    Note: Joins other financial firms on the top ten list for the first time.


    Description: Bank

    Total amount: $827,941

    Note: Jumps to this position from Number Eight in the second quarter, when its employees gave $304,410.


    Description: Hedge fund

    Total amount: $812,750

    Note: Was the second-biggest donor in the second quarter with $771,600 coming from its employees.


    Description: Private equity firm

    Total amount: $810,660

    Note: Employees of Romney’s former company have slowed their giving; in the second quarter, Bain was Number Three with $757,100 in donations.


    Description: Philadelphia-based orthopedic care institute

    Total amount: $806,200

    Note: A new addition to the top ten list.

    7. H.I.G. CAPITAL

    Description: Private equity firm

    Total amount: $706,750

    Note: Was the sixth-biggest giver in the second quarter with $338,250.


    Description: Bank

    Total amount: $660,968

    Note: Employees have nearly doubled their giving from the $309,450 they donated in the second quarter, when the bank was Number Seven on the list.


    Description: Private equity firm

    Total amount: $574,653

    Note: Donations from the buyout firm have slowed – the company’s employees gave $498,550 in the second quarter – sending it from Number Four to Number Nine.


    Description: Bank

    Total amount: $465,779

    Note: U.S. employees of the Swiss multinational bank had given $283,985 by the end of June when it was Number Nine.

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