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

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Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now runs even with President Obama in the key swing state of Florida.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State finds Romney with 46% of the vote, while Obama earns 45% support. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are undecided.

In mid-March, the president held a three-point advantage over Romney, 46% to 43%. Obama led by a similar 47% to 44% margin inearly February.

Nationally, with Rick Santorum out of the Republican race and Newt Gingrich soon to quit, Romney has been running slightly ahead of the president in most daily matchups in recent weeks.

Among voters in Florida, Romney is viewed favorably by 50% and unfavorably by 47%. That includes 21% who have a Very Favorable opinion of the former Massachusetts governor and 22% who view him Very Unfavorably.  These findings show little change from a month ago.

Obama carried Florida by a 51% to 49% margin over John McCain in 2008, and 49% of Florida voters now at least somewhat approve of the job he is doing as president, with 37% who Strongly Approve.  Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove of the president’s job performance, with 39% who Strongly Disapprove. That’s unchanged from last month and in line with his job approval ratings nationally.

Just nine percent (9%) of Florida voters rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, while 52% give the nation’s economy a poor rating.  Thirty-seven percent (37%) feel economic conditions in the country are getting better, while 43% think they’re getting worse.

Obama holds a sizable lead among voters who view the economy positively, while Romney is far ahead among the much larger group that rates the economy as poor.

Romney holds a 58% to 31% advantage over Obama among men in Florida, while the president leads among women 55% to 37%.

Among voters not affiliated with either political party, it’s Romney 47%, Obama 38%.

The Republican earns 55% support among married voters, while 55% of unmarrieds prefer the president.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of all voters in the state think voters should be required to prove their identity before voting. Only 10% disagree.

Romney holds a 52% to 38% advantage over Obama among those voters who favor a voter ID requirement law. Obama earns overwhelming support from those who oppose such a law.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Florida voters don’t think laws requiring a photo ID at the polls discriminate against some voters, in line with findings nationally. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree.

Seventy percent (70%) are confident that final election results accurately reflect votes cast for each candidate, but that includes just 18% who are Very Confident.  Twenty-nine percent (29%) lack confidence in final election results, with six percent (6%) who are Not At All Confident.

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.