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Poll: Florida voters disapprove of Obama's performance but lean toward Nelson

A majority of Florida voters disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance and think he should be a one-termer, according to a new poll.

Still, the Quinnipiac University survey finds that a majority of Florida voters like Obama personally.

The poll shows U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is in much better shape. Nearly half of Florida voters favor his job performance and a plurality say he should be re-elected in 2012 over a generic Republican rival.

But Nelson can't crack the 50 percent mark. And his lead over a generic rival is just 4 percentage points, 43 to 39.

Obama's numbers took a blow more than a year ago when the economy showed little signs of improving and the phrase "ObamaCare" became a slur.

Intriguingly, the poll finds that the word "reform" is toxic to the health care law.

When asked if the "health care law" should be repealed, 49 percent say yes (41 percent want it to stand). When asked if the "health care REFORM law" should be repealed, 54 percent say yes (40 percent say let it stand).

Afghanistan is also weighing on the president. A clear majority of Floridians — 59 percent — oppose the war there. Only 36 percent support it.

Voters are split on Obama's handling of Libya.

A bigger percentage of the electorate (52) dislike Obama's job performance compared to 48 percent who disapprove of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's job performance.

Unlike Scott, though, more Florida voters personally favor Obama (70 percent) than Scott (40 percent).

Poll: Florida voters disapprove of Obama's performance but lean toward Nelson 04/07/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 11:21pm]
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