April 19th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Obama's approval rating rebounds in Florida

President Obama’s approval rating in Florida is up to 50 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

President Obama’s approval rating in Florida is up to 50 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

(CNN) - President Obama's approval rating in Florida is on the rise, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Monday indicates that 50 percent of Florida voters approve of the job that Obama is doing in the White House, up five points from January, with 45 percent saying they disapprove, down four points from the beginning of the year.

The increase might have been caused by a four percent uptick in Obama's approval rating among independent voters since January. Forty-eight percent of independents now give the president a thumb's up, with 46 percent saying they disapprove, the poll shows.

Obama's recent call for increased offshore oil drilling appears to be popular with Floridians: 64 percent say they're OK with drilling off the Florida coast.

But, according to the poll, health care reform is not nearly as popular, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of the plan and 44 percent saying they support it. Forty-nine percent say they disapprove of how the president has handled health care, and 44 percent say they approve.

The survey indicates that 54 percent of Floridians disapproved of state Attorney General Bill McCollum's decision to join with other states to sue in a bid to block the new health care law; four in ten approve of his move.

McCollum, a Republican, is running for governor this year. Thirty-eight percent say McCollum's move to sue makes them less likely to vote for him for governor, with 28 percent saying it makes them more likely and three in ten saying it makes no difference.

According to the poll, McCollum leads Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, 40 to 36 in a November showdown. The advantage is within the survey's sampling error. Sink faces no primary opposition. The survey indicates that McCollum leads state Sen. Paula Dockery by 49 points in the GOP primary.

"Attorney General Bill McCollum clings to a slim lead over CFO Alex Sink in the governor's race, a lead he has held since last August. He is better known than she and voters grade him somewhat better for the job he is doing. While most would rather be in his shoes, on the up side of a close race, November is a long way off," says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 8-13, with 1,250 Florida voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

–Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Is that the best you can come up with?

    Obama must reallly be in bad shape.

    April 19, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Apparently the WH strategy of calling everyone who does not agree with this slimy, corrupt, bozo an unpatriotic, radical, militia member racist is working in Florida.

    April 19, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Moderate

    Oh Boy, this isn't going to make hannity or limbaugh happy.

    Keep fighting Mr. President, you're doing just what you got put in office to do!

    April 19, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    FL votes their pocketbook, like most of the country. Obama has little chance of winning there in 2012.

    April 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Tesitfy

    President Obama has his finger on the pulse of America. I am proud of him. Keep up the good work Pres. Obama!

    April 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These poll numbers are the tip of the iceberg. Once the people are informed about what's actually in the healthcare bill, they see that all the GOP misinformation was a bunch of bullcrap. Overall I think the POTUS is doing an outstanding job. The GOP criticizes this POTUS for being soft on terror. In my eyes, he's fighting this war far better than the previous administration. The stimulus bill stabilized the economy. Healthcare reform is passed and the nuclear summit were all great accomplishments. I think these polls inderestimate how well the POTUS is doing.

    April 19, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whether one is Democrat, Republican or Independent President Obama and his administration worked hard on what was a disasterous failure of our economy dispite all the odds. Remember it took 8 years to create this failure and less than 2 years to stop the downward spiral. I somehow find myself wondering, how did GWB and his administration kept this problem hidden from Americans or did he just use the war to cover it up while we looked the other way.

    April 19, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You'd have to be a Totally Confused Moron (TCM) NOT to see how this President is bustin' his hump on behalf of all of his citizens, including the crazy ones protesting his TAX CUTS!

    Florida, a state better known as the Pit Stop Before the Pearly Gates due to its' high population of Seniors, is awakening to the fact that Grandma has not been put to death by the 'evil Socialist', and the sky hasn't fallen!

    Go figure. Go Obama!!

    April 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. phoenix86

    Just remember that a vote for ANY democrat in the next election is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. No matter how "blue dog" your dem is, that is the vote you are making.

    April 19, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Rush To Judgement

    DJIA is up a LOT since President Obama took over. What do all you money-grubbing capitalists have to say about that?

    April 19, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. j

    He's acting more like a leader but he's still caving in on issues that he shouldn't. Offshore oil drilling and nuclear power plants is not the answer to cure America's energy needs. Instead of putting money into searching for oil and building nuclear power plants, America would be better off developing clean energy solutions. There are solutions that won't harm us or the environment and these need to be developed to the fullest potential.

    April 19, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Nicey

    Barack is a Winner!!

    April 19, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Dano

    This is bad news for the GOP but pretty much what I expected. I see this trend to continuing as the economy continues to recover and the truth about health care reform becomes known. Add in the reluctance of Republicans to back oversight and regulation of Financial Institutions and Wall Street and the future looks pretty bleak for their party. I predict the GOP will be taking a hard look at itself in the near future and shedding some of the extremist views if they want to stay relevent.

    April 19, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Looks like Granny didn't get sent to one of sara's death panels. hahahahahahah

    Lot's of republlican lies have finally been exposed.


    April 19, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Anonymous

    I would think that the people of Florida would be happy with the U. S. drilling for oil off the coast of Florida. China has been drilling there for years.

    April 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. gary

    Before any of you libtards start singing this clown's praises, remember as you like to say, "These polls don't mean anything; nobody polled me." The marxist-in-chief has got to be the biggest joke of a president since Jimmy Carter. Instead of attending the Polish leader's funeral he played golf. He's already played 32 round of golf in his first term while Bush played a total of 24 in eight years. And you libtards whined every time W picked up a club. Hypocrites?

    April 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. summersand

    who did they poll the hand picked audience at the Cape last week?

    What a joke!!!

    April 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. katiec

    President Obama has made significant accomplishments these last few months, which,, the media, CNN choose to downplay.
    If it is not a ranting, raving, headline craving republican, no notice
    is given.
    We bloggers have to speak out loud and clear as to what the President has done for us and our country. Continue to point out
    the unAmerican, irresponsible behavior of the republicans. We need
    to override the power of the media as we certainly cannot expect or get
    fair or unbiased reporting.
    We cannot allow the republicans, the media, the radicals to win.

    April 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Michael Shea

    I believe Obama's approval rating will continue to increase. He has done more in one year than most presidents do in eight years.

    The economy is turning around, health care reform has been passed.
    Obama has earned an "A+" in foreign affairs. He is trying to pass a law to restrain Wall Street bank practices. He wants to reform public education.

    Obama continues to reach out to Republicans which I think is a waste of time.

    Obama is very bright, personable and is a leader. He will get reelected in 2012 and go down as one of our great Presidents.

    April 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Sissy

    His rating will continue to rise as the days and months go by and the game the GOP is playing of trying to make this President out as a Socialist will back fire on them in the 11th hour and all these seats they think they are going to recover in the House and Senate will stay with the Democrats......

    April 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |