Debate Impact: New Poll Shows Romney Up Big in Florida

Romney Opens Large, Sunshine State Lead

As we anticipate the thumping that Paul Ryan will give to Joe Biden momentarily, let’s have a look at the effect that last week’s presidential debate had on the polling numbers in Florida.

Tampa Bay Times has the scoop:

Barack Obama’s lackluster debate performance last week has dramatically altered the presidential race in Florida, with Mitt Romney opening up a decisive 7 percentage point lead, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.

The survey conducted this week found 51 percent of likely Florida voters supporting Romney, 44 percent backing Obama and 4 percent undecided. That’s a major shift from a month ago when the same poll showed Obama leading 48 percent to 47 percent — and a direct result of what Obama himself called a “bad night” at the first debate.

The debate prompted 5 percent of previously undecided voters and 2 percent of Obama backers to move to Romney. Another 2 percent of Obama supporters said they are now undecided because of the debate.

“There’s no question in my mind that debate made people stand up and pay attention, and it really wiped away any questions people had about Romney, whether they were undecided or soft for Obama,” said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the poll for the Times and its media partners.

Across the board, from who is better suited to improve the economy, to who will protect Medicare, to looking out for the middle-class, to handling foreign policy, likely Florida voters now favor the former Massachusetts governor over the president.

See what happens when President Obama has to account for his failures on the national debate stage?

About Nora Gutierrez:

A mother of four rowdy boys writing from the great state of Ohio (Sandusky area). Long-time Catholic conservative with a passion for politics. Informed voter. Ohio State grad and Romney fan since 2007.

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3 Responses to Debate Impact: New Poll Shows Romney Up Big in Florida

  1. maria del pilar lopez says:

    we will carry viginia, north carolina, florida,, ohio and hopefully colorado.
    mitt romney president
    the american people now knows obama true colors. lets keep it up

  2. AfricanforRomney says:

    Floridians knows damn well that Obama/Biden are the one destroying their retirement plans,
    Floridians knows damn well Obama/Biden have anti Isreal sentiments,
    Floridians knows Romney/Ryan are job creators.

  3. Tommy Jones says:

    Do you like a smiling and neighting donkey? If so you would have liked Biden last night. He showed that he had a good dentist but he must have been slightly gassed. He came off as an impolite, impertinent, ill-mannered and inaccurate clown. In other words, he was a buffoon.