Public Policy Polling‘s newest Florida poll finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 49/48, flipping the numbers from each of our last two polls of the state which found Romney leading by a point. Every poll PPP has conducted in the state since the first Presidential debate has found a one point race.
Obama’s leading in Florida based on his strength with women (54/45), African Americans (89/10), and voters under 30 (55/39). Romney is strong with men (53/43), whites (57/39), and seniors (53/46). Romney also has narrow advantages with Hispanics (54/46) and independents (50/43).
Floridians actually trust Romney over Obama to deal both with the economy (50/46) and foreign policy (49/48) so something else is driving Obama’s razor thin lead in the state. When asked to consider who won the debates as a whole voters pick Romney by a 47/46 margin, indicating that Obama’s wins in the last two debates mostly made up for his overwhelming loss in the first one.
Republican voters are slightly more enthusiastic than Democrats in Florida this fall with 72% of them saying they’re ‘very excited’ to vote in the election to 68% of Democrats who say the same thing. It’s a small difference but any little thing could matter in a state that’s very closely divided at this point.
One final note: Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot in the state 48/45.