Obama’s Florida approval numbers — which poll to believe?by George Bennett | December 12th, 2011
The Marist survey of 2,119 registered Florida voters, conducted Dec. 4-7, shows 46 percent approving of the job Obama is doing as president, with 45 percent disapproving — essentially a tie given the poll’s 2.1 percent margin of error. That’s an improvement from October, when the same poll found 41 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving.
Quinnipiac University’s polls are bleaker for Obama. A Nov. 28-Dec. 5 Quinnipiac poll of 1,226 Florida voters shows only 41 percent approving of the way Obama is handling his job, with 54 percent disapproving. That’s essentially unchanged from early November, when Quinnipiac found Obama with a 41 percent approval score and 52 percent disapproval.
Both the latest Quinnipiac and Marist polls show Newt Gingrich with a double-digit lead in Florida’s Republican presidential primary race. Quinnipiac’s last poll had Gingrich at 35 percent and Mitt Romney at 22 percent among Republicans. Marist shows Gingrich with a 39-26 lead over Romney among Republican voters and a 42-27 edge among likey GOP voters. When leaners are pushed to support one candidate or another, Marist’s poll shows Gingrich with a 44-29 edge among likey GOP voters.