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Q poll: Sen. Bill Nelson in ok shape, but not great; Obama's approval rating in Florida holds at 47%



Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is in a mixed position with voters as he enters his re-election bid for 2012, a new poll shows. His approval rating is 45 percent and 43 percent of voters he deserves to be re-elected, with 33 percent saying he does not.

But Nelson's disapproval rating dropped to 21 percent from 33 percent in August.

“Only one in five voters is unhappy with his job performance, which indicates he hasn’t stirred up strong opposition. But history shows that when only 43 percent of voters say an incumbent deserves another term, that incumbent sometimes doesn’t get another term,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "His fate may rest with how President Barack Obama does in 2012 as Florida voters see the two men similarly on the issues.”

When Nelson is matched against an unnamed Republican, he wins 41 – 36 percent.

Obama's approval rating in Florida is 47 percent with 49 percent of voters disapproving, similar to the 47-47 split from August 2010. By a narrow 48 – 45 percent margin, voters say the president does not deserve a second term. His signature legislative accomplishment -- health care reform -- remains unpopular. Half the electorate thinks it should be repealed.


From January 25 – 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,160 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The poll results are attached.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:32am]


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