Quinnipiac University Poll/September 22, 2011 – page 2
Perry leads Romney 55 – 35 percent among Republican voters who describe themselvesas part of the Tea Party movement. Perry leads 50 – 36 percent among GOP men and wins 42 percent of women to Romney’s 41 percent.Most of the difference between how Romney and Perry run against President Obama isamong independent voters. The president leads Perry 42 – 36 percent among Floridaindependents, while Romney tops the president 44 – 35 percent among the same group.“This finding is consistent with Quinnipiac University polls in other states and re-enforces Perry’s need to improve his standing with independent voters,” said Brown.Voters in Florida, with the nation’s highest concentration of senior citizens, say 58 – 33 percent that it is “unfair” to describe Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme,” as Perry has done.But among Republicans, the only ones allowed to vote in the state’s crucial primary, 52 percentsay that is a fair way to describe the nation’s retirement system.Perry’s position on Social Security leads 35 percent of Florida voters to think he wants tofix it, while 37 percent feel he wants to end it. Republicans, however, say 60 – 14 percent thatPerry wants to fix Social Security.Florida voters, like voters nationwide, are opposed to virtually all proposals to reduceSocial Security, with the exception of 65 – 28 percent support for raising the cap from the current$106,800 in salary subject to taxation. Raising the Social Security salary cap will not leademployers to do less hiring, voters say 61 – 32 percent.By 38 – 20 percent voters say they are less likely, rather than more likely, to support a presidential candidate who called for reducing the benefits for younger workers when they retire,while not touching those of current retirees.In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson deserves a second term, voters say44 – 33 percent and Nelson leads an unnamed GOP candidate 43 – 34 percent. In theRepublican primary to challenge Nelson, 58 percent are undecided, with former Sen. GeorgeLeMieux at 17 percent, followed by businessman Mike McCalister with 11 percent.From September 14 – 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,007 registered voters with amargin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.The Republican primary includes 374 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5.1 percent.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginiaand the nation as a public service and for research.
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