Poll: Romney up 6 points in Florida, Rubio as VP has little impact

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 7:46 AM EDT
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A new poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney building a lead over President Barack Obama in the crucial swing state of Florida.

According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, Romney was preferred by 47 percent to Obama's 41 percent among a random telephone survey of 1,722 registered Florida voters.

The poll, conducted May 15–21, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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The survey also indicated that having U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Miami, on the Republican ticket with Romney would have little effect on voter decisions. Romney led Obama 49 percent to 41 percent with Rubio as his running mate.

The latest sampling of voter moods showed the candidates' opposing views on same-sex marriage was a factor with one-third of the respondents.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.