Polling shows Bachmann losing ground in Sunshine State

The latest Public Policy Polling public opinion survey released in Florida shows GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann losing ground against her presidential rivals. The poll, which surveyed 472 Republicans in Florida between September 22 and September 25, showed Bachmann receiving support from 6 percent of those polled.

Pollster Tom Jensen wrote on his blog that Bachmann's support has dropped off dramatically since June.

"Florida might be the best symbol yet of Michele Bachmann's fallen star. In June she was in 2nd place at 22%. Now she's dropped 16 points and is in 6th place at 6%. You almost wonder if she's even going to make it to Iowa with those kinds of numbers."

Bachmann and her campaign manager have both predicted that Bachmann will win Iowa. Bachmann also told reporters today in Virginia that she's confident the campaign will reverse course.

"We're the comeback kid showing that we can do it," Bachmann said. "So this happens in races. You have ups, you have downs and we are on the upswing now and we can't wait to go forward and secure the nomination."

The PPP poll shows Mitt Romney leading the field in Florida. You can read the full poll here.

MPR's Brett Neely contributed to this report.


Another poll from Iowa seems to indicate the criticism Texas Gov. Rick Pery has been getting over the past week is taking a toll.

The American Research Group, Inc. poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading the pack of 2012 Republican presidential candidates among likely Iowa GOP caucus goers with 21 percent support.

Michele Bachmann came in second place with 15 percent, closely followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry who had 14 percent. Previous polls have given Perry the lead over Bachmann and Romney, suggesting Perry's support is weakening.

The poll of 600 Republican and independent voters was taken September 22-27 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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