TAMPA - Public Policy Polling (PPP) released their final presidential poll on Monday ahead of Tuesday's general election. Their poll finds the presidential race in Florida is razor-thin.
President Obama leads Mitt Romney 50% to 49% in the latest poll. The surprising number is exactly how close the two candidates are.
Out of 955 likely voters in Florida, 473 respondents chose the President which 472 picked the former Massachusetts governor.
Over four polls conducted in the last three weeks in Florida, PPP found a 1-point race every time. President Obama led twice while Mitt Romney was up the other two times.
“The candidates have been incredibly even matched for weeks," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.
A similar story exists in North Carolina. Mitt Romney leads 49.4% to 49.2%. In the Tar Heel state, the margin of separation was two voters: 457 for Mr. Romney and 455 for Mr. Obama.
“It looks like Florida and North Carolina will be the two closest states in the country on Tuesday night,” said Debnam.
One problem hanging over the President in Florida is his job performance numbers. PPP finds 50% of Floridians disapprove of Mr. Obama's job performance, while 47% approve.
In the Florida Senate race, PPP finds incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson is likely to be re-elected. Nelson leads his Republican foe, Congressman Connie Mack IV, 51% to 46%.
Over the past few weeks, Nelson's lead has been consistently between four and seven percent.
Unlike the President, more people approve of Senator Nelson's job performance than disapprove by a 44% to 41%.
One thing potentially dragging down Connie Mack is his likeability. PPP finds Florida voters have an unfavorable opinion on the Congressman 43% to 38%.
The margin of error in both the Florida and North Carolina polls is +/-3.2%. The poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization.
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