Romney Tied with Obama in Florida, Ohio

By Matt Cover | May 3, 2012 | 1:18 PM EDT

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, Wisc., on April 3, 2012. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) A new Quinnipiac University poll of three key battleground states shows former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) statistically tied with President Barack Obama in Florida and Ohio. Romney trails Obama by eight points in Pennsylvania, the third state surveyed.

Romney leads Obama 44-43 percent in Florida and trails him 44-42 in Ohio--both statistical ties. However, both results show Romney closing the gap on Obama, who led both states when Quinnipiac polled them in March.

“Gov. Mitt Romney has closed President Barack Obama’s leads in Ohio and Florida to the point that those two states are now essentially tied, a turnaround from the end of March when the president enjoyed leads in those key states,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a press release Thursday.

Romney’s competitiveness in Florida and Ohio is due to the fact that voters trust him more than Obama on the economy, which 67 percent of people thought was still in a recession.

“What appears to be keeping Romney in the ball game, at least in Florida and Ohio, is the perception he can better fix the economy,” Brown said.

Still, large numbers of voters in all three states are undecided about Romney, telling Quinnipiac that they haven’t heard enough information to say whether they view him favorably or unfavorably--an opportunity for both campaigns. Twenty-two percent of voters in Florida, 25 percent in Ohio, and 22 percent in Pennsylvania said that they were still undecided about the prospective GOP nominee.

The same is not true for Obama, about whom the vast majority of voters have already made up their minds. Ninety-six percent of voters in Florida, 95 percent in Ohio, and 98 percent in Pennsylvania had already decided if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the president.

Among those voters who said they already have an opinion of Obama, those opinions are mixed. In Florida, 46 percent said they had a favorable opinion, while 47 percent had an unfavorable opinion. In Ohio, the favorable/unfavorable split was an even 46-45 percent. Only in Pennsylvania did the president earn a favorable rating from a majority of voters, splitting opinions 51-43 percent.

However, large majorities of voters in all three states said they were either somewhat or very dissatisfied with the direction of the country. Seventy-one percent of Florida voters reported being dissatisfied, compared to 67 percent in Ohio and 66 percent in Pennsylvania.

While many voters were split on Obama, they were decidedly against him on his signature policy achievement--Obamacare. A majority of voters in both Florida and Ohio thought both that Congress should try to repeal the law (53 and 52 percent respectively) and that the Supreme Court should overturn it (51 percent in both states).

Pennsylvanians were split on both questions with 46 percent favoring congressional repeal and a Supreme Court defeat of Obamacare, 42 percent opposing repeal, and 43 percent saying the Supreme Court should uphold the law.

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