Poll: President Obama Still Leads Florida As Ryan Pick Slightly Boosts Romney

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Paul Ryan hasn't changed the playing field yet.
From the moment Mitt Romney picked budget radical Paul Ryan as his running mate, one of the biggest question is how the Wisconsin rep would play in Florida. Romney desperately needs the swing state, but Ryan's plans to turn Medicare into a voucher system -- not to mention his shaky record on the Cuban embargo -- would seem to spell trouble in the Sunshine State.

Quinnipiac released its first post-VP pick poll this morning to test how much Ryan has affected Florida and other swing states. The answer? Not much. Obama still leads in Florida 49 to 46 percent.

The poll shows Romney may have gotten a tiny bump from Ryan's pick -- Obama led Florida 51 to 45 percent on August 1 -- but he's not been a game-changer so far.

"Romney's pick of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has made some small difference in Florida," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

More worryingly for the Romney campaign, the poll shows that Ryan's plans to turn Medicare into a voucher system are deeply unpopular in a state with a huge senior population. The poll found 62 percent of voters here oppose the idea, with just 28 percent in favor.

Romney got a similarly small bump in other swing states, with Obama now leading Ohio 50 percent to 44 percent and still winning Wisconsin, Ryan's home state, 49 percent to 47 percent.

The poll also shows incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson maintaining a healthy lead over challenger Connie Mack IV at 50 percent to 41 percent.

The real question now is whether Romney can find the bump in Florida he needs by staging his nomination in Tampa next week -- assuming the RNC doesn't get blown off the map by Isaac, of course.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

American Taliban: The GOP risks becoming  Sharia Party

 

These Republicans are exceptional liars. Ryan sponsored any number of bills in the House limiting abortion even if the life of the mother was sacrificed, re-defining rape along with Akins, and the federal personhood bill. These Republicans are throw-backs to the Dark Ages, and do not belong in any public office. They try to bring it all back to the economy, but what these cretins don't understand is that women's health is an economic issue for them and their families. This all out assault on women and their health choices needs to stop now "And both Romney and Ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion ... even in cases of rape and incest Dr. Jack C. Willke, a physician whom abortion-rights opponents often reference when making the claim that pregnancies from rape are uncommon, served as a surrogate for Romney in his bid for the party's 2008 nomination.

 

 

Mitch McConnell has made it clear his only goal is to see Obama removed - not one mention of trying to create jobs, or improve the operation of government.  These guys have you bent all over backwards.  The worse part is they are going to hurt the job creators in the long run if they had their way.  The have already hurt the job creators in the long run actually.  It's time our government got back to work and funded - look sides need to work together to improve government efficiency and effectiveness, not tearing it down.  Government is necessary, even in a capitalist system like ours.

HowCouldYou
HowCouldYou

A vote for Romney/Ryan means you are either ignorant or a complete a-hole.

klastastic
klastastic

@andylancaster which in no way do I think reflects on the merits of voucher plans (positively or negatively).

klastastic
klastastic

@andylancaster in which case they like GOP more than they dislike voucher plan. I don't think u R going to find poll showing voucher support

klastastic
klastastic

@andylancaster a quick google search leads me to blv you saw poll while day dreaming &/or it was a straw poll of FL seniors at the RNC

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 @HowCouldYou Romney has a point on welfare As governor, Mitt Romney used same work requirement waiver he now claims will gut welfare reform. Romney didn't request the waivers (his Republican predecessor did), but he chose to continue them. And despite what he's saying now, these were waivers to the exact same legislative provisions the new Obama administration

andylancaster
andylancaster

@klastastic I also saw many interviews of seniors who didn't know who Paul Ryan was right after his selection.

andylancaster
andylancaster

@klastastic maybe. I didn't say they loved it. Just it wasn't as big of a factor as Dems had thought.

andylancaster
andylancaster

@klastastic did Obama's speech get better for you?

klastastic
klastastic

@andylancaster bush only won seniors by 1% in FL. Maybe CW is wrong about margin of seniors needed to win vote for GOP...

klastastic
klastastic

@andylancaster means lots of time 4 relentless granny being pushed off a cliff ads.Ryan pick was either admirable/gutsy or stupid.maybe both

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