Cain Arrives; UNF Poll Shows Jax Voters Pick Romney over Obama | Politics

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Cain Arrives; UNF Poll Shows Jax Voters Pick Romney over Obama
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Herman Cain has arrived in Jacksonville tonight as part of a Stand Up For America event just as a poll showing Jacksonville's preference for another GOP candidate over President Obama is released.

The Republican presidential candidate went into the Times-Union Center around 7 p.m. after chatting and shaking hands with the crowd gathered outside. Tickets to go inside cost between $60 and $80.

Cain arrived the same day a University of North Florida poll shows that among Jacksonville voters President Obama is tied with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, but leads Gov. Rick Perry and Herman Cain.

The poll results showed that if the election for president were held today, 40 percent said they would vote for Obama, while another 40 percent opted for Romney in a match-up between the two.

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When matched with Perry, 45 percent said they would vote for Obama, while 33 percent said they would vote for Perry. Between candidate Cain or Obama, 45 percent  indicated they would vote for Obama while 36 percent said they would vote for Cain.  

When matched with Perry, 45 percent said they would vote for Obama, while 33 percent said they would vote for Perry. Between candidate Cain or Obama, 45 percent  indicated they would vote for Obama while 36 percent said they would vote for Cain.  

Cain's visit comes one day after GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrinch spoke at the Jacksonville Landing, taking questions from residents.

"He became a serious candidate after winning that straw poll and I think if he can maintain that support here in Florida, and to do that he'll have to cultivate it-be here, pay attention to the state, travel around the state-that could get him through the early primaries," says UNF political science professor Michael Binder.

Of those polled in Jacksonville, Obama has a 41 percent approval rating and a 53 percent disapproval rating.

Other findings from the UNF study, according to a statement from the university:

  • Most of those polled said the most important issue in the U.S. today is jobs and the economy.
  • When asked about the congressional super committee seeking ways to cut federal government spending, and given a choice of cutting national defense, Social Security or Medicare, 54 percent said spending should not be cut in any of these areas. Twenty-three percent said national defense.
  • Eight percent said Medicare should be reduced and 3 percent said Social Security should be reduced.

About 120 UNF political science students participated in collecting the data. The margin of error for the poll sample is +/- 4.03. The survey was conducted through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing at a UNF polling lab.

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