Two recent Florida news polls report differing opinions on...

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September 19, 1992

Two recent Florida news polls report differing opinions on which presidential candidate is in the lead.

A Mason Dixon-Political Media Research poll taken Sept. 10-12 had President Bush leading Gov. Bill Clinton 48 percent to 41 percent, while a CBS-New York Times poll taken Sept. 10-13 had Mr. Clinton leading Mr. Bush 50 percent to 45 percent.

Another CBS-New York Times poll taken Sept. 9-13 found that 34 percent of voters see the Democratic Party as "better at upholding traditional family values."

The most recent Times Mirror poll, taken Sept. 10-13, showed the Clinton-Gore campaign slipping from 57 percent to 53 percent in the past month, with the Bush-Quayle campaign gaining slightly from 36 percent to 38 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The same poll also asked registered voters what the chances were of their switching allegiances: 50 percent of Clinton voters said they might switch to Mr. Bush, while 66 percent of Bush voters said they might switch to Mr. Clinton.

In California, Mr. Clinton's lead over Mr. Bush was 57 percent to 32 percent, with 11 percent undecided in the Field Poll of 864 registered voters. Mr. Clinton had a similar 25-point lead among those who indicated they were likely to vote.

A survey by The Torrance Group, published in the Boston Herald on Wednesday, asked 1,000 registered voters if they thought it would be better if the same party controlled the Congress and the presidency. The poll-takers said 37 percent said the same party should control both, while 48 percent wanted different parties.

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