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Poll: Florida voters say Rubio 'exaggerated' family story; like flat tax



Forty-one percent of Florida voters say they think Sen. Marco Rubio exaggerated his parents' immigration story, according to a newly released poll by Suffolk University. At the same time, 26 percent of voters said Rubio told the truth.

Yesterday, however, the same outfit showed Rubio would boost the Republican presidential nominee over Obama in Florida. Today's release also shows Rubio is viewed more favorably than Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson -- 40 to 32.

The statewide survey of 800 Florida registered voters was conducted October 26-30, 2011, through live telephone interviews. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percent.

Other findings:

  • The idea of replacing the current federal tax system with a flat tax was favored by 50 percent of voters, compared to 27 percent who were opposed.
  • Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s performance continued to be rated “negative and damaging” by 37 percent of voters, compared to 26 percent who said it was “positive and productive” and 26 percent who said it had little impact. His performance fares slightly better than in Suffolk University’s April poll, when 41 percent put it in the negative category. However, were the gubernatorial election to be held now, 37 percent of voters would choose former opponent Democrat Alex Sink instead of Scott (36 percent).
  • Voters have not wavered in their views on the recession since an April poll by Suffolk University: 88 percent said that the recession is not over in Florida in both polls, while 4 percent said it is over in the most recent poll.
  • Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of those polled said that monetary assistance to other countries should be discontinued until the United States can pay its own bills.  The overwhelming sentiment came from every major demographic including gender, age, area, race and political party.
  • With 51 percent of voters saying that jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues in the nation today, 49 percent said they believe that the Republicans are intentionally hindering efforts to boost the economy so that President Barack Obama will not be reelected. Thirty-nine percent disagreed.   As expected, most registered Democrats (70 percent) agreed that Republicans are intentionally hindering the economy and hurting Obama, but independents (52 percent) and even some Republicans (24 percent) also agreed.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 6:20pm]


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