Florida Poll: Obama Beats GOP Candidates on Foreign Policy

Incumbent better than Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich in voters' minds

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Florida voters give President Barack Obama slightly better marks on handling foreign policy issues than Mitt Romney, but more feel the incumbent would handle global affairs better than New Gingrich.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released today, shows 46 percent of Florida voters feel Obama would do a better job on foreign policy than GOP candidate Romney. Sunshine State voters favored Obama on global affairs by a wider margin (49 percent to 43 percent) when the commander in chief was pitted against the other Republican front-runner, Newt Gingrich.

Foreign policy and national security issues are expected to take a backseat to economic issues in this election cycle. The Quinnipiac poll showed Romney ahead on his ability to handle economic matters better than Obama, with 50 percent favoring the former Massachusetts governor and 41 percent favoring Obama. When up against Gingrich on the same issue, Obama got support from 47 percent of those polled, and 45 percent favored Gingrich.

On the question of who they would vote for in a general election race, Obama and Romney were both at 45 percent, according to the poll. The incumbent would easily defeat Gingrich in the key swing state, with 50 percent of those polled supporting Obama and 39 percent favoring the former House speaker. Obama has closed the gap in Florida against Romney, who has lost both the Iowa caucus and South Carolina's GOP primary; in a January 11 Florida poll, Quinnipiac had Romney with a 46 percent to 43 percent lead over Obama.

The poll has a 2.5 percent margin of error.

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