Likely Republican candidate Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama by six percentage points in Florida, according to a poll released Wednesday, with an increasing number of the swing state's voters saying Obama does not deserve a second term.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows Romney leading the president 47 percent to 41 percent among registered voters, a notable shift from a tie in Quinnipiac's last poll of the state in early May, which showed them effectively tied.
The margin of error is 2.4 percentage points.
While Florida is considered a must-win for Romney, the Obama campaign maintains it has several paths to victory in November without the electoral vote-rich battleground state.
Another shift from less than a month ago -- 52 percent of the state's voters do not think Obama deserves to be reelected, while just 44 percent do.
It is unclear how closely the poll numbers mirror reality. The survey for instance shows Obama winning Latino voters by just a 42 percent to 40 percent margin. Most polls of the voting bloc show Obama with much a greater lead. Similarly, it also shows Romney and Obama statistically tied among women, another group Obama is expected to win.
The Florida poll is the latest sign of possible problems for Obama. In a potentially ominous sign for the Obama campaign, a poll last week declared Wisconsin a true tossup state, finding Obama and Romney locked in a 46 percent to 46 percent tie among likely voters.
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