Poll: Obama Has Slim Edge in Florida

Steven Shepard

A new poll released late Tuesday shows President Obama with a slim advantage over Mitt Romney in the critical battleground state of Florida, suggesting that the state is not slipping away from the GOP nominee, as another survey last week suggested.

Obama leads Romney in the poll, conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston for Miami-based WSVN-TV, 48 percent to 45 percent. Three percent of likely voters chose one of the 10 other candidates on the ballot, each of whom was offered to respondents as an option. Four percent were undecided. Obama's lead is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed Obama leading in Florida by a 9-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. But the race has been closer in other polls conducted in the state.

Voters are split on Obama's job performance: 48 percent approve and 48 percent disapprove. A slim majority, 51 percent, have a favorable impression of Obama, greater than the 45 percent who view Romney favorably.

Voters are also divided on which candidate "has the best plan to fix the economy," with 43 percent choosing Obama and 43 percent picking Romney.

The poll of 600 likely voters was conducted Sept. 27-30.