The latest Quinnipiac University survey (published Aug, 4)Â for the all important battleground state of Florida shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied with President Obama. Romney has a significant lead among the GOP field in the Sunshine State. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has not officially entered the 2012 field, places second and trails the Obama by five.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the leading Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential race, ties Obama 44 – 44 percent post-deal, compared to a 46 – 41 percent Obama lead pre-deal. Obama has double-digit leads over other top Republicans pre-deal and post-deal, except for Texas Gov. Rick Perry who trails Obama 44 – 39 percent post-deal.
“President Barack Obama’s numbers in the key swing state of Florida have gone south in the last two months. The debt ceiling deal is not making any difference in that decline and any bounce he got from the bin Laden operation is long since gone,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The president’s drop off is huge among independent voters who now disapprove almost 2-1.”
Romney leads the GOP presidential primary with 23 percent, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 13 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul with 9 percent each. Businessman Herman Cain has 8 percent, with 6 percent for Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman. No other candidate tops 4 percent.