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Bin Laden bounce? Obama’s approval up in Florida; Nelson has big Senate lead

by George Bennett | May 26th, 2011

President Obama‘s approval rating is back above water in a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. Floridians approve of Obama by a 51-to-43 percent margin, up from a 44-to-52 percent score last month.

It’s Quinnipiac’s first Florida survey since Obama ordered the May 1 raid in Pakistan that killed Islamist terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

“Whether these numbers represent a ‘bin Laden bounce,’ President Barack Obama’s popularity is up in Florida, which will be a crucial state for him in the 2012 campaign,” said Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown. “The good news for the president is that by 50 – 44 percent Florida voters say Obama deserves a second term in the Oval Office, compared to April when they said 51 – 42 percent that he did not.”

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, meanwhile, holds leads of at least 20 percent in hypothetical match-ups against each of the three Republicans vying to challenge him in 2012: Mike Haridopolos, George LeMieux or Adam Hasner.

The poll shows 64 percent of Republican primary voters undecided in the Senate race, with former appointed Sen. LeMieux getting 14 percent support, Senate President Haridopolos garnering 13 percent and former state House Majority Leader Hasner of Boca Raton getting 4 percent.

The poll of 1,193 registered voters was taken May 17-23 and has a 2.8 percent margin of error. The Republican sample has a 4.6 percent margin of error.

Obama has had negative job approval ratings among Floridians for the past year, with the exception of an August 2010 poll that showed opinion split at 47 percent.

The president’s upswing is due largely to independent voters, who disapproved of Obama by a 55-to-39 percent margin last month but approve by a 47-to-45 percent margin this month. Democratic support for Obama went from 79 percent in April to 86 percent this month. Republicans were unmoved, with 84 percent disapproving and 13 percent approving in both April and May.

Voters in the new survey also say, by a 50-to-44 percent margin, that Obama deserves reelection in 2012. In April, 51 percent said the president did not deserve to be reelected.

Voters approve of Nelson’s job performance by a 51-to-24 percent margin and freshman Republican Sen. Marco Rubio‘s performance by a 49-to-26 percent margin.

Other poll highlights:

* 61 percent of Floridians favor increasing offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, with 34 percent opposed.

* 56 percent say the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan, with 34 percent saying the U.S. role is “the right thing.”

* 57 percent oppose the U.S. involvement in Libya, with 33 percent supportive.

* By a 49-to-41 percent margin, Floridians continue to support repeal of the federal health care law. That’s the same score as last month, and comparable to the 50-to-43 percent margin that favored repeal in February.


28 Responses to “Bin Laden bounce? Obama’s approval up in Florida; Nelson has big Senate lead”

  1. No way Says:

    Nelson is not getting my vote, bounce or not.

  2. Dee Says:

    It seems like Florida is waking up to the havoc and destruction the Republican Party has on our state and the country as a whole. The Republicans are digging their holes deeper and deeper. Time to bury them. Rich Scott is losing jobs faster than he can create them. Atta boy egghead!

  3. Dee Says:

    Bill Nelson is getting my vote No way!

  4. l Says:

    what poll was this? common sense will thank the bush admin (for starting that so called endless war)it was intelligence and many years of it that caught this tired out roach hiding in out of from what ever so called allie hid him. years wore him down as you can see by the look of him and the life drained out of him. obama was lucky the end came under his admin. thank pres obama that he didnt pull out of this so called endless war on terror. dont forget where the beginning began w/o the beginning there would be no end. how bout those gas prices?

  5. nemo Says:

    Obama and Nelson are too far left wing nuts soviets lovers to get my vote in 2012, their political records are a shame to all Americans who believe in freedom and free enterprise.

    I’m sick and tired of the kenyan boy, he is the antichrist prophesied by Nostradamus. He is the beast 666 foretold in the bible, nothing but a prophet of doom and misery for humanity. Time to put away his teleprompter in 2012.

  6. l Says:

    how long has he been a politician for florida? where has it gotten florida? no vote here

  7. Up to Date Says:

    It’s already been reported nationally that the Osama/Obama bump has worn off. Typical of Floridians to be behind the times. Or the poll is seriously lagging behind the times. Take your pick.

  8. npgator Says:

    The Democrats would vote for Hilter if he were running under their party.

  9. Jay Says:

    Still have a long time till the election. With unemployment where it is and the economy where it is, I dont expect his approval rating to stay high for long. Unlike Bush who drove our economy into a ditch, Obama drove it off a cliff.

  10. rileymon Says:

    The propaganda that the left spews 24 hours a day every day just keep leading sheep off the cliff!
    and good morning to all the food stamp/wellfare ALUMNI!

  11. Termack Says:

    Poor tea party kooks and republican idealogs. You are becoming more and more isolated in your partisan rhetoric, the walls are closing in on you rapidly.You are being exposed daily as a lunatic minority, hoping for someone like Palin or Bachman to promote your crazy ideas.
    You are becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing news cycle.

  12. tuffsheet Says:

    Dumbama has been trying to take credit for the demise of Osama ever since the event occured! We have been searching for B/L for 10 years (8 years before Dumbo became POTUS). The decision to get B/L was pretty much a no-brainer because if the American people had found out he refused to okay the raid his popularity would have nose-dived yet again. When he comes up with a plan to enforce our immigration policies and keep non citizens from collecting social security or any other welfare program I will have a better opinion of him but right now he’s at 20%.

  13. Maria Says:

    God Bless President Obama and the First Lady!
    51% in Florida and 65%+ in the BIG cities and states that really count.
    6 more YEARS!!!!

  14. !!!!!!!!!! Says:

    Up to Date — Or the poll is seriously lagging behind the times.



  15. Truthman Says:

    Florida’s misery is being caused by the republicans in Tallahassee and not by President Obama. The President is doing everything he can to help the people of Florida, but the republicans in Tallahassee are prolonging the misery.

  16. luckydogg Says:

    I HOPE liberals CHANGE thier mindset and see Obama’s wars, High Gas prices, and Illegal alien swarm as reason to Move On to a responsible policy of government.
    Obama and ilk only want more money from producers to BUY gullible people’s votes.

  17. Mike Says:

    Commenter #6, Republicans have controlled Florida’s government every day of this century and a few years before that.
    Where have they gotten Florica.

    If this information is new to you I am happy to provide it.

    In 2012, take your own advice.

  18. Carol Says:

    Nelson is the most far left liberal I’ve ever seen, and I’ve lived in lots of States. He marches in lock-step with whatever the Dem. majority in the Senate decides, and when questioned he literally sneers at his constituents. Adam Hasner is my choice – thus far. Lots of slips between the cup and the lip – it’s still 18 months away. As for the current POTUS, he’s chopped liver. I’d even offer to help pack to speed up that group’s exit from the White House.

  19. Angus Says:

    Quinnipiac U in Hamden, Connecticut is a private, coeducational university with 5,900 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.

    It remains forever as solidly conservative as Harvard… K-NOT!!

    It is much like using The Huffington Post for your ‘reliable source’!

    Their website features today’s ‘Hot Discussion Topic’ of legalizing marijuana:

    John Thomas, a professor of law who specializes in law and medicine, is available to comment on this topic. “I believe this bill makes for good social and economic policy…”


    … as in Noam Chomskey declaring all rabid progressive liberal socialists should proclaim their goals and be noble and proud of them!!

    That is why Komrade Randy does his Editorial Meeting assignments direct from the DNC talking points … and uses the fake Quinnipiac U. ‘polls’ to inspire his own trolling for loons articles!!

  20. Angus Says:


    Florida’s GOP dominated GOVT has balanced its budget for 12 years… without the bankruptcy Kaleefornya is facing…

    … including rebuilding the entire state from the seven hurricane devastation of 2004 – 2005!!

    But, tell us… just what abjectly failed Dumbocrat state did you move here from??

  21. dark gator Says:

    No self respecting redneck would ever vote for these two.

  22. !!!!!!!!!! Says:

    Where did you live Carol: Texas, Arizona??
    President Obama will prevail for 6 more years and then President Clinton for 8 years….
    Republican Tea Partiers are chopped liver!

  23. VOTE ALL BUMS OUT! Says:

    Obama happened to be in the right place at the right time and getting OBAMA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS PERFORMANCE.



    Not sure he really likes America that much as he continues to ruin our way of life and now wants to ruin SS and Medicare.

    IF he wanted to make things better he would shut off all money to other counties and illegal aliens.

    We would be flush with cash to take care of USA citizens first.


  24. Plead the 5th 75 Times Says:

    You could also call Obama and Nelson’s rise in approval ratings the “Rick Scott bounce.” Rick Scott and his bumbling minions in the state legislature have turned off the vast majority of independents and centrists. (How about those great Rick Scott approval ratings that came out this week!) But it’s been fun to see the sharp contrasts in recent weeks- while Obama was leading efforts to kill Bin Laden, the national GOP was trying to kill Medicare and Rick Scott was trying to kill Citizens Insurance.

  25. mike Says:

    President Obama is rising in the new poll because many Americans are paying attention to what the gotp are doing and saying and we dont like it. Thank you paul ryan, newt gingrich, rick scott, donald trump, sarah palin, the big mouth rep from Ga, etc… You have lied, back peddled and flip-flopped enough for the American public to see you for what you are. Money grubbing butt kissers.

  26. Mike Says:

    Angus, Florida hasn’t ever had a budget deficit. The State Constitution requires it to be balanced and it has been balanced for years with Federal Tax dollars.
    About the hurricanes, FEMA helped out with each one of them, providing the vast bulk of the aid.

    Again Angus, these examples you used contain truths you may not have comprehended, but, I have to admire you for the thinking that you have done.

    Good luck with grasping the reality and enjoy your hunt for the truth.

  27. otomotiv Says:

    Nelson is not getting my vote, bounce or not.

  28. otomotiv Says:

    how long has he been a politician for florida? where has it gotten florida? no vote here

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