According to the most recent polling, Florida voters are trending to support Mitt Romney. Polling data indicates Romney's focus on jobs and improving the economy is resonating with Florida voters. In addition, voters stated Romney was a stronger candidate to compete nationally versus Barack Obama.
Let's look at the three most recent polls of Florida likely voters. Yesterday, Rasmussen released results with Romney 39%, Gingrich 31% Santorum 12%, and Paul 9%. Also, Insider Advantage (1/25) results include: Romney 40%, Gingrich 32%, Santorum 8%, and Paul 9%. The CNN/Time poll (1/24) revealed Romney 36%, Newt 34%, Santorum 11%, and Paul 9%. The margin of error for the polls is 4-5%.
Gingrich's momentum did not carry from the big win in South Carolina to Florida. Gingrich's brief lead in Florida polling collasped. Gingrich had a lead of 7% over Romney on January 24. Florida voters have strong concerns over Gingrich's ability to compete nationally against Obama. However, voters feel Gingrich can debate well versus Obama. Additional concerns over Gingrich's House ethics violations, dealings with Freddy Mac, and his support of pro-immunity immigration plan, all are driving against the candidate in Florida.
With the Florida primary just days away, clearly the polling data reflects a definite positive swing for Mitt Romney. The decision will be in the hands of the Florida voters on Tuesday, January 31.