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‘Bin Laden bounce’ gone, Obama back to negative approval ratings in Florida

by George Bennett | August 4th, 2011

President Obama‘s approval rating is back under water in crucial Florida after briefly bobbing above the surface in May following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

A Quinnipiac Unversity poll released this morning shows Florida voters disapproving of Obama both before and after the president and Congress reached a weekend debt-ceiling deal. In polling done Wednesday through Sunday, 44 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved of the way Obama is handling his job. Among those surveyed Monday and Tuesday, Obama had the same 44 percent approval score with 51 percent disapproving.

Obama and Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney were tied at 44 percent apiece in polling done after the debt deal, compared to a 46-41 percent Obama lead in the days before the deal. Romney tops the GOP presidential field with 23 percent, with the potential candidacy of Texas Gov. Rick Perry second at 13 percent.

The poll finds Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson leading an unnamed Republican challenger by a 46-to-35 percent margin.

The GOP Senate race remains wide open, according to Quinnipiac, with businessman Mike McCalister topping the field at 15 percent, former appointed Sen. George LeMieux at 12 percent, businessman Craig Miller at 8 percent and former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner at 6 percent. Fity-three percent of Republicans remain undecided.

In May, 51 percent of Floridians approved and 43 percent disapproved of Obama in a poll taken a few weeks after Obama ordered the Navy SEAL raid in which bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. That poll was the first in more than a year showing a positive approval score for Obama in Florida.

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17 Responses to “‘Bin Laden bounce’ gone, Obama back to negative approval ratings in Florida”

  1. Termack Says:

    I predict an Obama second term, but I don’t believe the electorate will be motivated to the polls primarily to vote for the President. Their motivation will be primarily to oust the tea party types and the repub legislatures that are imposing far right ideological agendas.
    Then while taking care of that matter, they may as well throw Obama a vote too.

  2. luckydog Says:

    Anyone who votes for Obama is a masochist.

  3. Tea Lady Says:

    There is still time for Mr. Obama to embrace further tax relief and reduced spending. This would greatly improve his chances for re-election.

    You see, what we most lack right now is confidence from our business leaders and investors. Business leaders are not confident that our government can restore fiscal responsibility. They see our government spend far beyond it’s means, borrowing ever larger sums, often from foreign investors and sovereign nations.

    Until business leaders see this rectified, they will not have the confidence to make long-term investments.

    There’s still time, Mr. Obama. We Tea Partiers would love to see you embrace sound economic principles! =)

  4. Gr Says:

    Im not a tea party person but I agree with the tea lady

  5. In any case Says:

    Even with 40% of the vote Obama will easily win. The rest of the vote will be split between whatever candidates the Republicans and Tea Partiers pull out of their arrsses.

  6. Robin Says:

    Lack of jobs is a key factor. When the democrats controlled the presidency, Congress and the Senate for two full years(10-12); they had the ability to create jobs. Their flagrant spending got us further into this mess.

    The economy is on their shoulders. It was democrats who had solid control. Anything they wanted, they got. Pelosi, Reid and Obama did this to America.

  7. obamaSUCKS Says:

    He will lie, steal and be illegally elected again. To the fall of the former USA.Republicans are too liberal and the Dems are new Socialist.Both parties suck…

  8. Dan Says:

    What I find interesting is that Obama’s approval rating jumped after the death of Osama. The President did NOTHING. He simply said “yeah, ok, that sounds good”. He didn’t plan it. He didn’t execute it. He didn’t track Osama for years. He didn’t risk his life fighting terrorism. He just sat and watched. And people like him more for a while because of it? That’s absurd. The real people who’s approval should go up are those young men and women who have actually been hunting Osama for many years. And those brave seals who risk their lives to bring terrorists like Osama to justice for their actions. President had nothing to do with this. Let’s keep it in perspective.

  9. The Real Perspective Says:

    The President of the United States is the Commander In Chief of All Armed Forces. He is ultimately responsible from the Generals beneath him to the Privates. Get an education.

  10. Dan Says:

    @The Real Perspective

    Being in the military I’m well aware of the President’s status. Speaking as a private citizen, what I’m curious about is why people suddenly like him more when he didn’t do anything. Just like when people approve of Presidents more or less because of the economy. It is the Congress that runs the economy, not the President. The President doesn’t spend the nation’s money or decide the economy; Congress does. The President hasn’t changed one bit. The death of Osama hasn’t made him smarter. Hasn’t made him better at foreign relations. Hasn’t given him any insight into running this nation better. So why do people approve of him more? As a leader, especially of the military, the President should step aside and not take any of the glory for this. That’s proper military leadership. I would just like people’s recognition to really go to those who deserve it more.

  11. Same Old, Same Old Says:

    Again . . . this guy is so corrupt, opportunistic, a well documented liar, and now viciously mean spirited (about S.S. checks).

    ALL he (they) want is a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system using the Cloward-Piven Plan.

    http://cloward-piven.com/

    Fight Organized Crime – Re-elect No One!

  12. Peter Schorsch Says:

    Instant analysis: What does today’s Quinnipiac poll say about the GOP primary

    http://bit.ly/r1bqkI

  13. Tea Party Spokesman Says:

    If Obama had the cajones to end the endless wars, bring the troops home, and reinstitute the draft, the debt problem would be solved and his poll numbers would go up. Obvious problem, obvious solution.

  14. AK Says:

    Floridians who elected Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have themselves to blame. They are both thiefs and liars. Their stupidity defines them. The Republican Party is leading the country in the wrong direction and should be voted out if 2012. They are still operating under Bush mentality “with us or against us.” I hope the Rebpulicans are soundly defeated in coming elections. We can’t take much more of their one-sided favortism of more wealth for the wealthy and corporations.
    Obama is president and he has done a better job than ‘ol Bushie, whose only focus was Iran and oil. Republicans started the downhill slide under Clinton and they have proven they know nothing about economy and money management. Lay off Obama and follow the stream back to where Republicans really lost their focus.

  15. POLITICAL SCIENTIST Says:

    DESPITE ALL THE BLIND SHEEP BLEATING ABOUT HOW “SINCE OBAMA GOT ELECTED THE DEBT HAS RIDICULOUSLY INCREASED” …(AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN HYPNOTIZED INTO A TRANCE BY FAUX NEWS AND HANNITY AND RUSH AND ALL THE OTHER RIGHT-WING FASCIST ELITES WHO JUST CARE ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL CORPORATIONS AND PORTFOLIOS AND TAX RATE—— THE REAL DEBT FIASCO WAS DONE OVER THE 12 YEARS REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED GOVERNMENT AND GOVT/ SPENDING: IT WAS REPUBLICANS THAT GOT US INTO NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE WARS AT THE SAME TIME AND THAT, MY FELLOW CITIZENS, IS WHERE THIS STUPID RIDICULOUS NATIONAL DEBT DISASTER ORIGINATED — NOT WITH OBAMA. IF BUSH WAS STILL IN OFFICE IT WOULD BE 5 TIMES WORSE AND HE WOULD HAVE IGNORED BIN LADEN UNTIL JUST BEFORE THE ELECTION AND THEN KILLED HIM JUST TO INCREASE HIS RATINGS! OBAMA AT LEAST HAS ENOUGH HONOR & INTEGRITY TO HAVE KILLED BIN LADEN RIGHT WHEN HE FOUND OUT WHERE HE WAS AND DIDN’T WHORE HIMSELF OUT FOR VOTES ON IT LIKE ANY REPUBLICAN FASCIST ELITE WOULD HAVE!
    YEH—GO AHEAD AND VOTE IN SOME MORE FASCIST REPUGNANTS AND SEE HOW FAST THE DEBT GOES UNDER AND YOUR TAXES GO UP AGAIN IDIOTS!!!!! I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY ALL THE UNINTELLIGENT UNEDUCATED POOR PEOPLE OF AMERICA ARE BLIND TO THE REPUBLICANS STEALING ALL THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY JUST TO GET RICHER & RICHER AND JUST BEND OVER AND BEND DOWN DEEPER AS THEY GET INTER-COURSED IN THE REAR OVER & OVER BY THE REPUBLICAN ELITE AND STILL BELIEVE THAT THESE SAME FASCISTS ARE HELPING THEM ????? ARE THEY REALLY THAT STUPID AND IGNORANT? IT SURE LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE…..

  16. Scot Ewert Says:

    It’s been clear for a long time that Obama has a core set of beliefs that he religiously (no pun intended) sticks to. Trouble is, he doesn’t seem to understand that his ideas have destroyed everything they have touched repeatedly throughout history. It’s alright… if we survive until next year, the hard road to Reconstruction -I use that word on purpose- can begin.

  17. Donnafrflorida Says:

    Rubio is one of the most articulate honest sincere men in congress. God speed MARCO! Perry/Marco 2012. Marco/Paul 2018!

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