‘Bin Laden bounce’ gone, Obama back to negative approval ratings in Floridaby George Bennett | August 4th, 2011
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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