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Poll: 51 percent of Fla voters disapprove of Obama's job performance



Associated Industries of Florida today released part of an Aug. 8-9 poll by McLaughlin & Associates (Moe +/- 4%): Fewer Floridians had a favorable opinion of President Obama (44 percent) down two percentage points from this time last year.

Exactly half of those polled had an unfavorable opinion of the President, including 50 percent of Independents and 46 percent of Ticketsplitters.  Respondents’ job approval numbers mirrored the opinion rating with 51 percent of respondents disapproving of the job the President is doing.

Among the groups responding, 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of Independents, 49 percent of Ticketsplitters and 21 percent of Democrats disapprove of the way in which President Obama is handling his time in office.

“One of the most revealing results of this poll is the high numbers of Independents and Ticketsplitters who are unhappy with the President and the way he has approached the challenges our nation is facing,” said Ryan Tyson, vice president for political operations. “These results cannot be dismissed as partisan, but rather show that the chord of discontent runs deep and across all political leanings in Florida. In what is arguably one of the most important states in presidential campaigning, this certainly spells trouble for the President’s reelection unless jobs and the economy turn around.”

An overwhelming majority of respondents – 84 percent – believe our country is on the wrong track, including 89 percent of Independents and 85 percent of Ticketsplitters.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:19am]


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