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Obama approval ratings jump in FL

President Obama's approval rating is 51 percent in Florida, a spike of 7 points, after announcing the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to a new poll this morning from Quinnipiac University.

Other notes from the poll:

• U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, has a 20-25 point lead over three potential Republican challengers: former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former state Rep. Adam Hasner.

• In a match-up between those three Republicans: LeMieux 14; Haridopolos, 13; Hasner 4; undecided, 64.

• Nelson has an approval rating of 51 percent while fellow U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, is at 49 percent. (Nelson has a 39 percent approval among Republicans; Rubio's approval among Dems is 28 percent.)

• 42 percent of Floridians don't like Gov. Rick Scott as a person and disapprove of his policies.

• 61 percent of Floridians support more offshore drilling.

• 57 percent say the U.S. should not be involved in Libya; 56 percent say the U.S. shouldn't be in Afghanistan.

• 49 percent say Congress should repeal the new health insurance law.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:27am]


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