Reporting Tim Kephart
Legislative Session Coverage
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If President Barack Obama wants to carry the swing state of Florida, he’s got quite a bit of work to do, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
The latest Q-Poll found Republican Mitt Romney currently holds a six point lead over President Obama in the Sunshine State, 47-41 percent. Additionally, Romney has been trending up since March when Obama led the race by a 49-42 percent margin.
Deeper in the numbers, a majority said President Obama doesn’t deserve a second term and 52 percent gave him a thumbs-down on his job approval.
Romney leads among independents by eight points, which makes up the bulk of his lead. In the Q-Poll, Romney has also pulled relatively even with Obama in the key Hispanic demographic and dominates Obama among white voters.
Obama leads among those with a college degree and among all people making less than $50,000 a year. He also leads among young voters, but trails by 12 points among those who are over 55 years old.
Quinnipiac also analyzed how much impact Senator Marco Rubio would have if he was to be added to the ticket. Pollsters found it would give Romney virtually no help, possibly adding two percent to his overall margin.
When it came to the issue of gay marriage, a plurality of voters supported allowing gay Floridians to marry. Thirty-six percent supported gay marriage, while 34 percent said civil unions should be allowed, and 23 percent said there should be no recognition at all.