Florida: Romney opens up lead over Obama

Posted May 23, 2012 by Larry Clifton
Mitt Romney, who only needs to win one more primary to become the official Republican Party Nominee, has pulled ahead of incumbent President Barack Obama in the important battleground state of Florida.
Presumtive Republican candidate Mitt Romney
Presumtive Republican candidate Mitt Romney
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Gov. Mitt Romney has slipped into the lead in Florida and that standing is confirmed by his much better numbers than the president when voters are asked whether they view the candidates favorably or unfavorably," said Peter A. Brown, assistant vice president of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Florida voters favor Romney over Obama 47 percent to 41 percent in the Sunshine state, up from a statistical dead heat just two weeks ago, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. In March, Obama led Romney 49-42 in the same poll.
The survey also shows 52 percent of Floridians disapprove of the way Obama has handled the presidency and say he doesn’t deserve a second term.
Florida voters view Romney favorably by a 44 to 35 percent margin while 50 percent hold an unfavorable view of Obama.
Romney tops Obama with Independents 44 to 36 percent, another cause of concern for Democrats.
Florida, coveted by both campaigns, is considered a major battleground state and has a population of more than 20 million.