Key takeaways from today’s Qunnipiac poll of Florida showing Romney 47%, Obama 41%

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A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida finds that Mitt Romney leads President Obama by six points, 47% to 41%.

I went inside the crosstabs of the poll and found these instant key takeaways.

1.  This is a 13-point shift for Mitt Romney since a poll in late March showed him trailing Obama by seven points.

2. The Obama Campaign continues to have issues with Florida’s independent voterS, who back the Republican ticket 46 – 37 percent in this poll.

3.  Yeah, adding Marco Rubio only adds two points to Romney’s column, but, hey, it’s two points!  How critical are two points in this state? Plus, this is yet another poll showing Rubio actually helping the ticket, whereas previous polls said he was a drag. By the way, Rubio is cruising along with a 44 – 24 percent favorable rating.

4.  Forget the gender gap, it’s the age gap which should be discussed. Romney leads Obama 51 – 39 percent among voters fifty-five and older. Romney/Rubio leads 53 – 39 percent.

4b. Yeah, about that gender gap, if there is a ‘War on Women’ being conducted by Republicans, the battle has not made its way to Florida, where the oft-rumored gender gap does not appear to exist. Obama leads Romney among women by just one point.

5. Killer: Romney’s favorability rating is 14 points higher than Obama’s. Florida voters view Romney favorably 44 – 35 percent, while Obama gets a negative 45 – 50 percent  rating.

One more takeaway which I didn’t notice at first: the enthusiasm gap. 51% of GOP voters say they are “more enthusiastic” to vote in this year’s presidential election than they were in 2008, while just 32% of Democratic voters say the same.  Hope and change, hmmm?

Update – Of course, Rick Wilson notices something I didn’t.  Romney is winning Catholic voter 60 – 28 percent. He tweets,  @TheRickWilson: Fl QPoll takeaway: Catholics Romney 60-28. How’s that contraception mandate working for ya?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.