December 8, 2011 -
Newt Gingrich is the far away leader among Republicans in the GOP presidential field in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll out today. Gingrich leads Mitt Romney 35 to 22 percent with no other candidate above 8 percent, the university's polling institute said. Taking all other candidates out of the picture leaves a Gingrich 52, Romney 34 scenario. But oddly, Florida voters don't really like him all that much Gingrich has higher negatives than positive favorability ratings in the poll, while Romney is well liked. The poll also found that Florida voters disapprove of the job President Obama is doing by 54 - 41 percent and by a 51 - 44 percent margin, say he does not deserve re-election. If the general election were today, the poll found that Romney would beat Obama 45 to 42 percent, but the president would win a second term if running against Gingrich, with a 46-44 margin. The center's pollsters were surveying in Florida from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, and they interviewed 1,226 Florida voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent, including 509 Republicans with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.