Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times PollFor release: Wednesday, August 1, 20127:00 AM EDT
BATTLEGROUND POLL: FLORIDA, OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIAJuly 24-30, 2012
President Obama enjoys a lead over Mitt Romney in each of three battleground states – Ohio,Pennsylvania, and Florida, among likely voters (those who will definitely vote).
: President Obama has a six point lead over Mitt Romney (51% to 45%) includinga slight lead among both men and women and a 19 point lead with Hispanics. Romneyleads among those 65 and over.
: President Obama also has a six point lead (50% to 44%) here, helped by a slightedge among independents (47% to 44%) and a commanding 21 point lead amongwomen. Romney has a 10 point lead among men.
: President Obama enjoys an 11 point lead (53% to 42%), bolstered by a22 point lead among independent likely voters and a 24 point lead (59% to 35%) amongwomen. Pennsylvanians are less optimistic about their state’s economy than in Floridaor Ohio, but give Obama the edge in handling the national economy.
In all three states,
Barack Obama is viewed more favorably than Mitt Romney. Mostthink the President cares about their needs and problems; fewer say the same about MittRomney. Four in 10 in each state view Mitt Romney’s business background as the kindof experience that would create jobs; slightly more say his experience is too focused onprofits. But skepticism crosses state lines: in all three, most don’t think either candidate’spolicies will help their financial situation.
Here are the results:
2012 Vote for President
(Among likely voters)Florida Ohio PennsylvaniaObama 51% 50% 53%Romney 45 44 42In all three states, majorities of the President’s supporters say they strongly favor him. Aboutone in five of Mitt Romney’s voters say they are backing him because they dislike incumbentBarack Obama.
Strength of Support
(Among likely voters)Florida Ohio PennsylvaniaObama Romney Obama Romney Obama RomneyVoters Voters Voters Voters Voters VotersStrongly favor 65% 49% 60% 42% 59% 41%Have reservations 24 29 31 35 33 37Dislike other candidate 10 19 9 22 7 22