Poll: Florida voters divided on Obama reelection, not overwhelmed by Nelson, favor health care repealby George Bennett | February 3rd, 2011
A new Quinnipiac University poll of Florida voters suggests President Obama, who carried the state in 2008, will have trouble winning it again in 2012. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s numbers are better, but not “terrific.”
Obama gets favorable job reviews from 47 percent and unfavorable reviews from 49 percent — statistically a dead heat in the poll of 1,160 registered voters with a 2.9 percent margin of error. A generic Republican challenger gets 42 percent to Obama’s 40 percent in a hypothetical 2012 match-up.
Nelson’s job approval/disapproval score is 45/21. In a hypothetical 2012 race, Nelson gets 41 percent support to 36 percent for an unnamed Republican. Says Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown: “Sen. Nelson is not in terrific shape but he is not in terrible shape either. His fate may rest with how President Barack Obama does in 2012 as Florida voters see the two men similarly on the issues.”
The poll shows Floridians favor repealing the health care law by a 50-to-43 percent margin and oppose continued U.S. fighting in Afghanistan by a 54-to-38 percent margin.