A Quinnipiac Poll released today shows Mitt Romney with a 47 to 41 lead over president Obama in Florida, a state whose 29 electoral votes are absolutely necessary for a Republican to win the White House. The poll shows that today Romney’s six point lead over Obama would become an eight point lead — 49 to 41 — if Florida’s conservative rookie U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, were on the ticket with him. The poll has a margin of error of 2.4 percent.
Florida, which elects mostly Republicans to state and local offices, has been a close business of late at the top of the ticket. Obama won in Florida in ’08 by 2.8 percent. The state has been decided by an average of 2.4 percent over the last three presidential races. The 2000 race was won (finally) by George W. by a whiskery margin of 537 voters.
In this poll 52 percent of respondents told pollsters they disapprove of Obama’s record and say he doesn’t deserve a second term. Only 44 percent say he should be rehired. Even the gender gap has disappeared among Florida voters, where the ladies fancy Romney as much as they like Obama.