Romney (Jay LaPrete/AP)Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is now tied with President Obama in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
The poll suggests a shift in voter sentiment took place during the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. Before Obama announced the deal this week, he led Romney in the state by five points, but the pollsters now find Romney and Obama both at 44 percent. And among independents, Obama's disapproval rating rose to 61 percent from 47 percent after the deal.
"President Barack Obama's numbers in the key swing state of Florida have gone south in the last two months. The debt ceiling deal is not making any difference in that decline and any bounce he got from the bin Laden operation is long since gone," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The president's drop off is huge among independent voters who now disapprove almost 2-1."Read More »from Poll: Romney tied with Obama in Florida