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PPP: Obama blows out Perry in FL, tied with Romney and... Paul(?!)

From Public Policy Polling, a firm that typically performs surveys for Democrats

Mitt Romney's return to the top of the GOP field is very good news for Republicans if they want to knock off Barack Obama next year.  Our newest Florida poll finds that Romney would be in a toss up with Obama in the critical swing state but that Perry trails Obama by 7 points, which would be the biggest margin of defeat for a Republican candidate in Florida since Harry Truman blew out Thomas Dewey in 1948.

Obama's not popular in Florida- only 46% of voters approve of him to 51% who disapprove.  His numbers with independents are particularly bad at 41/52 and there are twice as many Democrats who disapprove of him as there are Republicans who think he's doing a good job.  His numbers look great compared to Perry though.  Only 29% of voters see him favorably to 58% with a negative opinion.  Independents split against him 22/61 and he's already established himself as the candidate Democrats hate the most with 83% giving him a negative rating.  Social Security's a big issue in Florida and only 25% of voters agree with Perry's statement that it's a 'Ponzi Scheme' to 63% who disagree with his point of view.
Perry trails Obama 50-43, including a 53-40 deficit with independents. 

 Other Republicans make it very close though.  Romney trails only 46-45 and Ron Paul actually does just as well, trailing 45-44.  58% of undecideds in the Obama/Romney match and 72% in the Obama/Paul match disapprove of the President's job performance so odds are those folks would split against him in the end and put the state into the GOP column.

  This may be the most positive poll for Paul that we've ever conducted- he leads by 15 points with independents even as the rest of the Republican candidates trail Obama with that voting group. The problem for Paul is that independents like him a lot more than Republicans do and that puts his chances for the nomination at slim to none...but he might really be able to make a dent if he ended up running as an independent instead.

The biggest sign of Perry's weakness in Florida might be that even Michele Bachmann polls better than him there- she trails Obama by just 5 points at 49-44.  The only person Perry performs better than is Newt Gingrich whose deficit against the President is 8 points at 50-42.

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TXcarlosTX

Plus PAUL kills Obama with independents! More than any other candidate. I'm just saying...

Independents:

Paul 52%
Obama 37%

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FloridaVoter

So if we don't want Mitt (agreed) Paul is our only choice if we want to win Florida...

I am going with Paul... Definitely not Mitt.

Robert Fallin

Ron Paul CAN win the GOP nomination, but he needs your help. I believe Robin Koerner's "Blue Republican" plan is the best. Independents and disaffected Democrats need to temporarily register as Republicans to vote in your state's GOP primary; and, why not? It is pretty clear there is NOT going to be a serious challenge to Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries. Further, the proportional delegate distribution mandated this year by the GOP will make ALL state primaries and caucuses more competitive.

Mr. Smith

The GOP can have Florida (and the entire nation). What more proof do they need? The Dr. will cure our nation.

Ron Paul, 2012

Jay

Why does the MSM keep saying this is a two man race between Paul and Romney? That’s all I keep hearing; Paul and Romney, Paul and Romney …

While Romney may be in the top tier for his polish and subtlety in advocating for bigger government, continuing the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and initiating a trade war with China, lesser known candidates like Buddy Roemer, Fred Karger or Rick Perry also advocate decreasing economic and personal liberties as well as expanding the reach of the Federal government. Also, former Federal Reserve banker Herman Cain has some compelling some ideas about inflating our currency and keeping Muslims from holding government jobs which merit a fair hearing.

These other alternative candidates deserve the same attention that the MSM is lavishing on Paul and Romney.

Timmy Langford

Independents need to register as Republicans this year and vote in the only candidate who will save our constitution and our country.

BettyLiberty

Ron Paul or No One, 2012!

Louis Nardozi

Why are we in such a pickle in the first place? Ron Paul tells us how to fix the problem by following the Constitution, in particular the parts that give the states power to make their own laws and us the power to migrate freely to any state.

The greatest benefit our government gives us BAR NONE is the ability to relocate to another state at ANY TIME with all legally acquired possessions. When our government has FEW federal powers, as it should, 99% of the body of law comes from the state you live in. What does that really mean? It means if you are a Tea Party type and want limited services and low taxes, you can move to a state that has them - whenever you want! Similarly, if you are of a more liberal persuasion, you can move to a state with single payer health insurance, paid college benefits, safety nets for the unemployed and a host of other benefits - just by moving to another state. Whether conservative, liberal or centrist you are FAR more likely to find a state run the way you'd like it than you would with a one-size-fits-all plan.

Further, the viability of these governments would also rest on the business environment they provide to business owners and consumers both. Things that cannot be made economically in a high tax state can be made in a low tax state and shipped in. High value products are more likely to be made in somewhat higher tax states because their employees are more in demand and so garner better working conditions.

The REAL point is competition. Just as competition brings us cheaper computers and cell phones, so would competition bring us better cheaper government that truly serves the end user.

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