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Medicare Trouble For Romney in Key Swing States

Friday, 28 Sep 2012 09:23 AM

Voters in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Virginia overwhelmingly oppose changes to Medicare advocated by the Romney/Ryan GOP presidential ticket. The voters, also by wide margins, prefer President Barack Obama to handle the matter, polls by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation show.

Ohio voters choose Obama over Mitt Romney by a 19 percent margin when asked who they trust to deal with Medicare. In Florida, Obama has a 15-point lead on the GOP challenger on the question and a 13-poiont lead in Virginia.

The Washington Post also reported that a new national poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Obama has a 17-point lead on the question nationally.

In Florida, Ohio, and Virginia, voters 50 and older lean Obama on Medicare and split 50 to 45 percent in his support when asked who they will vote for in November.

“For Governor Romney to be president, he has to win a huge majority of people over age 50. All President Obama has to do is to split that age group. So what really matters here is that the Medicare issue corresponds to the age group that is most critical to determining whether Romney will be president,” Robert Blendon, a professor at Harvard University who monitors public views on health-care issues, told the Post.

Although Romney hs attacked Obama with criticism that he "raided" Medicare to pay for his signature healthcare law to the tune of $716 billion, his runningmate, Paul Ryan at one time supported those cuts. He has since said he would not.

And although in key swing states like Florida most likely voters dislike Obamacare, they dislike the Ryan plan even more, which, according to the post, may be insulating Obama from the political fallout.

Polls continue to favor Obama nationally as well, although his achilles heel continues to be the economy, a new poll by Fox News shows.

Obama is ahead in that poll 48 to 43 but it also shows that one in 5 independent voters is still undecided.

And likely voters are evenly split between Obama and Romney when it comes to who would handle the country's economic problems better and create jobs -- 47 percent for Obama and 46 for Romney.

But it is in crucial swing states that Obama continues to dominate even as better economic news has trickled out in recent days.

Obama has a 7-point lead over Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, but North Carolina and Nevada are a dead heat, according to new swing state polling.

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