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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Apr. 11, 201212:00 PM EST

Obama, Romney tie in UNF poll


Presidential candidates President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied in a University of North Florida poll.

The poll found that in a contest between Obama and Mitt Romney, each candidate received 43 percent in the poll results. Obama was beating Rick Santorum 48 to 39 percent.

Santorum ended his campaign Tuesday.

The survey was conducted between March 27 and April 3 and included 709 Duval County registered voters. About 180 UNF political science students participated in the data collection.

The margin of error for the entire sample was about 3.59 percent.

More than 69 percent of respondents said the economy and jobs were the most important issues facing the nation today.

UNF reported the poll results Tuesday.

Among approval ratings, Obama has a 48 percent approval rating in Jacksonville, up from 41 percent in November.

Mirroring those findings, Gov. Rick Scott also has a 48 percent approval rating in Jacksonville, up from 41 percent in November.

Mayor Alvin Brown enjoyed an approval rating of 75 percent, up from 63 percent in November.

Among other local findings:

• The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has an approval rating of 72 percent.

• Registered voters have a 78 percent job approval rating of new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.

• Seventy-seven percent of respondents support the continuation of the St. Johns River Ferry but don’t have a clear preference about how to pay for it.

• When asked if registered voters are “fearful” of becoming a crime victim, 49 percent responded that they were, while 50 percent are not fearful of becoming a victim of crime.

In other political findings:

• U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson leads U.S. Rep. Connie Mack in a hypothetical race for senator, 34 percent to 32 percent, with the rest undecided or choosing someone else.

• Nelson has a strong lead, about 25 percent, among other potential Republican candidates, including George LeMieux and Mike McCalister.

• Only 33 percent of registered Jacksonville voters support the tea party political movement and only 24 percent of respondents support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

UNF said the survey was conducted through the use of Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing at a 27-station polling laboratory at the university.

It said a sample of the polling universe was selected through the use of Random-Digit-Dialing methodology. An additional cellphone sample is used to increase representation as well as an overlay sample.

Age is weighted to statistics from the Supervisor of Elections for Duval County registered voters.

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