New poll of Florida: Obama 46%, Romney 45%

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A new We Ask America poll in Florida finds President Obama barely edging Mitt Romney in the race for president, 46% to 45%.

Here’s the full blurb from We Ask America’s website:

We continue our “Big Ten” series by heading to Florida, viewed by many Americans as the quintessential swing state–and with good reason. The voting population of the Sunshine State continues to grow (Florida gains two new congressional seats from the 2010 census) with all makes and models of voters arriving daily to enjoy the warm weather, affordable retirement communities and burgeoning family entertainment complexes. The state is more diversified socially and politically than many other parts of the south, and has earned a reputation for close, highly scrutinized elections that have added such phrases as “hanging chads” to America’s lexicon.

Ironically, the Supreme Court, which played a pivotal role in the ultimate victory of George W. Bush in 2000, may once again play a role in the 2012 election in Florida where demographics and politics produce a melange of strongly voiced views concerning the government’s role in health care.  Retirement communities, already prone to worries over any changes in health care, have seen the value of nest-egg homes decline, and foreclosures remain high. And to stir the primordial political pot even more, let’s include Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the mix for GOP veep.

So, with other polls here showing Barack Obama with a small lead over Mitt Romney, will the first post-health-care-decision poll show any movement?

As in all of the series of states we’re polling by automated means, after qualifying each individual in regards to ability (registered) and intention to vote this fall…

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.