President Obama leads the swing state of Florida by 4 points, 50 percent to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's 46 percent, in a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP). That's an improvement from the firm's last survey of the state, conducted Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, completely after the Republican National Convention in Tampa -- Obama led 48 percent to Romney's 47 percent then. From PPP's analysis:
Mitt Romney's image with Floridians has taken a turn in the wrong direction since his party gathered in Tampa for its convention. His favorability has dropped a net 9 points from +2 at 49/47 over Labor Day weekend to now -7 at 44/51. Romney's comments about the '47%' this week aren't doing him any favors. 89% of voters are familiar with them and 50% consider them to have been inappropriate to 44% who were ok with them. Most troubling for Romney independent voters considered the comments improper by a 58/37 margin and he trails Obama by a 51/40 spread with those folks who could determine the final outcome in the state.
The president leads the PollTracker Average of the state by 2.1 points.