Overall, these voters have a positive assessment of the Medicare system: in each state, threein four think Medicare benefits are worth the cost of the program to taxpayers.
Are Medicare Benefits Worth the Cost to Taxpayers?
FLOHWIYes76%75%74%No151617Still, most voters in all three states would support some reductions to Medicare in order toreduce the federal budget deficit, though just one in 10 would support major reductions.
Reductions in Medicare to Reduce the Deficit?
FLOHWIMajor reductions11%10%11%Minor reductions484847No reductions353634
In the States: Who’s Supporting WhoFlorida: Obama 49%, Romney 46%
The President now has just a three-point edge over Romney in the Sunshine state (within thepoll’s margin of error). Mr. Obama continues to lead among women (53%-41%), Hispanics(61%-31%) and younger voters. Meanwhile, Romney has a six-point lead over the Presidentamong men (51%-45%) and continues to lead with seniors (55%-42%). Seniors were 22% of Florida’s electorate in 2008, and Republican John McCain won them by eight percentage points.The race in Florida remains close among independents, a key voting group (48% for Romney,44% for President Obama, within the poll’s margin of error). The race was close among themearlier this month as well; 47% for the President, and 46% for Romney.
Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 47%
The selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate has narrowedthe race compared to earlier this month. The President has a 2-point edge over Romney in theBadger State, compared to six points earlier in August. Mr. Obama won Wisconsin by 14 pointsin 2008. He has a 9-point advantage among women, while Romney has a 5-point edge withmen.Similar to the Wisconsin poll released earlier this month, President Obama does well amongWisconsin’s white voters with college degrees, but Romney gets the support of those without adegree. Romney also has a large lead among white Catholics in Wisconsin (58% to 38%).
Ohio: Obama 50% Romney 44%
President Obama is running ahead of Romney in the battleground state of Ohio by six points,the same lead he held earlier this month. The President continues to enjoy a large lead amongwomen (54%- 41%), while men are almost split: 48% Romney, 46% Obama. Seniors arebacking Romney (52%-44%), while younger voters are supporting Mr. Obama. Romney has theedge with independents (48%-43%).
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