Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll: Mitt Romney 51%, Barack Obama 43%; Perry leads Obama 46% to 45%

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In the largest swing state in the nation – and one that will help decide the next President of the United States – President Barack Obama trails former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and is in a dead heat with newly announced presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry, according to the latest Sachs/Mason-Dixon Florida Poll. The survey of 625 registered Florida voters taken Aug. 18-22 also found disapproval of President Obama’s job performance to be 56 percent among voters surveyed, with 41 percent approval.

“Unlike 2008, if the election were held today, President Obama would face a stiffer headwind to hold on to Florida and its 29 electoral votes against a top-tier Republican challenger – and that could cost him reelection,” said Ron Sachs, President of Ron Sachs Communications. “Judging by the poll, President Obama’s success in 2008 will be more difficult to duplicate in 2012. The Presidency will go to the candidate with the message that resonates with Florida’s unique and diverse population and the resources to ensure that message is received by voters across the state.”

Among the key findings of the August Sachs/Mason-Dixon Florida Poll:

➢ 51 percent of Floridians would vote for Governor Romney compared to 43 percent for President Obama;

➢ In a hypothetical matchup with Texas Governor Rick Perry, Perry leads with 46 percent to Obama’s 45 percent;

➢ President Obama leads Congresswoman Michele Bachmann 46 percent to 44 percent; and

➢ 41 percent of Floridians approve of President Obama’s job performance while 56 percent disapprove.

In April, a Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll found 51 percent of Floridians disapproving of President Obama’s job performance. In that poll, Governor Romney led President Obama in a hypothetical matchup with 48 percent for Romney and 43 percent for President Obama.

The August Sachs/Mason-Dixon Florida Poll also found Governor Romney leading all Republican hopefuls:

Mitt Romney 28%
Rick Perry 21%
Michelle Bachman 13%
Herman Cain 7%
Newt Gingrich 5%
Ron Paul 4%
Rick Santorum 2%
Jon Huntsman –
Someone Else 3%
Undecided 17%

The April Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll found Governor Romney leading all GOP candidates with 23 percent of the vote. In that poll, Romney led over candidates including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, billionaire Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Sachs/Mason-Dixon Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from August 18 through August 22, 2011. A total of 625 registered voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they vote regularly in state elections.

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.