Rasmussen poll of Florida: Obama 48%, Romney 46%

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President Obama has now moved slightly ahead in the critical battleground state of Florida despite the presence of the Republican National Convention in Tampa late last month.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Voters finds Obama with 48% support to Mitt Romney’s 46%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and another three percent (3%) are undecided.

A month ago, it was Romney 45%, Obama 43% in Florida. This is the president’s highest level of support in the Sunshine State to date and the first time he’s been ahead here since March. Prior to this survey, Obama has picked up 45% to 47% of the vote in Florida, while Romney has earned 43% to 46% support in regular tracking since February.

Both candidates draw strong support from voters in their respective parties. Romney now trails by three points among voters not affiliated with either the Democrats or the Republicans after leading by seven among these voters in August.

Obama carried Florida over John McCain in 2008 by a 51% to 49% margin. Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters in the state now approve of the job he’s doing as president, up slightly from a month ago, while 47% disapprove. This includes 35% who Strongly Approve of his job performance and 40% who Strongly Disapprove.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Florida voters share a favorable opinion of Romney, while 47% view him unfavorably. This includes 33% with a Very Favorable opinion and 32% with a Very Unfavorable one. This, too, marks a slight improvement from August.

Forty-three percent (43%) of Florida voters now consider their personal finances good or excellent, while 11% rate those finances as poor. Twenty-three percent (23%) say their finances are getting better, but 41% think they’re getting worse.

Forty-seven percent (47%) trust Obama more when it comes to handling the economy, while 46% put more faith in Romney. Nationally, by comparison, Romney leads the president 50% to 43% in voter trust on the economy.

The two candidates also are almost tied on the issue of taxes: 46% trust Romney more, while 45% have more confidence in the president.

But Obama has slightly larger leads among Florida voters in three other key areas. On the issue of national security, 50% trust the president more, compared to 43% who have more faith in Romney. Obama posts a similar 50% to 44% lead when it comes to health care and edges Romney 47% to 44% on the issue of energy policy. Nationally, the candidates run more closely in all three cases.

Romney leads among male voters by 11 points but trails among female voters by 13. The Republican holds just a four-point lead among married voters, while Obama leads by 17 points among those who are not married.

The president carries nearly two-out-of-three voters under 40 in Florida, while Romney runs nearly as well among those 65 and older. Most voters in between also favor the GOP challenger.

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.