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POLL: Floridians Still Don't Embrace Gov. Rick Scott, Obama Has Small Lead in FL

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - August 23, 2012 -

A new poll says Florida Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating has climbed to 41 percent.

But 49 percent of the 1,241 likely voters polled during the past week still say they disapprove of Scott's performance as governor.

The numbers in the latest poll are improving for Scott, who has consistently languished below the 40 percent marker in many previous surveys.

The random telephone poll was conducted Aug. 15 to 21 by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points in each of the three separate surveys.

Scott doesn't have a prime time spot at next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa. His speech is scheduled for early Monday evening.

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A new poll shows Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate helped him slightly although not enough to overtake President Barack Obama in three key swing states, including Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.

Obama led slightly in the three key states -- 49 percent to 46 percent in Florida, 49 percent to 47 percent in Wisconsin and 50 percent to 44 percent in Ohio, which was unchanged from three weeks ago.

The random telephone poll of likely voters was conducted Aug. 15-21 by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points in each of the three separate surveys.

Voters also said Obama would do a better job on Medicare.


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