Independent voters also appear to have soured on the president. While they favored the incumbent by 9 percentage points in June, they now favor Romney by 7 points, 47 percent to 40 percent. However, independents still hold a net negative view of Romney, 48 percent to 42 percent.
All other possible running mates either had no effect or negatively affected Romney. The most popular of the other three remaining running mates, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), whose favorability is dead even with 29 percent liking and disliking him, saw Florida go for Obama at +3. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty did not change the margin in any way. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who has the lowest name recognition (45 percent) and likeability (-9), pushed Obama to +4.
PPP surveyed 871 likely Florida voters from July 26-29. The margin of error for the survey is 3.3 percentage points.