NBC-Marist poll of Florida: Obama 48%, Romney 44%

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For those of us hyperventilating over yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll showing Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama in Florida, there’s today’s poll from NBC-Marist, which shows Obama up 48 – 44 percent over Romney.

Helping the president is the notion that he inherited the current economic conditions, a belief held by 56% of Florida voters.

And then there’s the gender gap. Romney holds a narrow lead with men, but Obama has a double-digit edge among women.

But what’s hurting the president — and helping Romney — is a sense that the country is on wrong track. Nearly six in 10 respondents agree with that pessimistic sentiment.

An Obama-Biden ticket vs. one featuring Romney and Sen. Marco Rubio produces the same head-to-head result in Florida — 48 percent to 44 percent. But Romney adding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush narrows it to a two-point Democratic lead, 47 percent to 45 percent.

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.