Washington (CNN) – If the latest poll numbers are any indicator, President Obama may have work cut out for him in the Sunshine State.
A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,160 registered Florida voters was released Thursday, and it appears the swing state is divided over how well the president is doing his job. While 47 percent of voters give Obama a favorable job approval rating, 49 percent disapprove. Furthermore, a slim 48 percent majority say the president does not deserve a second term, compared to the 45 percent who say he does.
When asked if they would back Obama over an unnamed Republican, only 40 of those surveyed said yes, with 42 percent saying they would support someone else.
Voters were also questioned about Sen. Bill Nelson, who faired very similar to Obama, with a 45 percent approval rating. Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said in a statement, "Sen. Nelson is not in terrific shape but he is not in terrible shape either. His fate may rest with how President Barack Obama does in 2012 as Florida voters see the two men similarly on the issues."
Though these poll numbers are somewhat evenly divided, the president would surely have to drum up more support from this historically swing state in a re-election campaign. In 2008 Obama won the state of Florida with 51 percent of the vote compared to McCain's 48 percent.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,160 registered voters with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.