Poll indicates plenty of work for Obama in Florida
February 3rd, 2011
09:37 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll indicates plenty of work for Obama in Florida

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.


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  1. gt

    there and indiana , wisconson, indiana, virginia, north carolina..... its buyers remorse for alot of voteres that he won last time....

    February 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Numbers which will undoubtedly get worse for Obama as time goes on.

    February 3, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    [In 2008 Obama won the state of Florida with 51 percent of the vote compared to McCain's 48 percent.]

    That's a SLIM margin too – Today, it is still a SLIM MARGIN. Keep in mind that Obama numbers in FL during the campaign did not always FAVOR him and he still won!!!

    POLLS – SCHMOLLS – who cares at this time............. NO ONE BUT CNN!!

    February 3, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    LOL, and this is supposed to worry me???
    OK, CNN, thanks for playing. 50% of the people always want to see someone different, we are always searching for that perfect candidate, that is until an actual candidate for the GOP is nominated, and that is when people say...OK Obama may not be perfect, but the GOP candidate is just plain scary, or dumb, or most likely both...

    ..after all, who does the GOP really have??? Really???

    ...and people keep forgetting that this guy Obama, BEAT THE CLINTONS, and not even a Bush (REAGANS vice President) could do that ;)

    February 3, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. greg in jax

    Despite the low turnout mid-term elections that landed us an unconvicted criminal in the governor's mansion, the President will win Florida in 2012, that is unless there is a Cuban on the Republican ticket. But Rubio wouldnt abandon us that quickly, would he?

    February 3, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Florida has evaluated performance accurately.

    February 3, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. AEJ

    CNN general elections are 2 years out. This poll is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT. I would accept this poll is it were done in 2012, however, it is just the beginning of 2011!!!! ONE MONTH IN POLITICS IS VERY LONG MOREOVER 2 YEARS, so many things could happen to 2012!!!!

    February 3, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Our FL governor has an approval rating of 35%. Not bad for someone who bilked medicare out of $1.7 billion. After Gov. Scott finishes raiding the employee pension systems to help big business, I think people will realize that voting for republicans are out to hurt workers, not help them.

    February 3, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Florida, where democracy goes to die.

    February 3, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    At this point, Sarah has told people that President Obama is going to take their guns away, and it appears Floridians are buying into her hate and fear mongering. When they learn the truth, our president's approval will rise.

    February 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. patNY

    Having recently been to the Tampa area of Florida, and seeing all the homes for sale, foreclosures, and empty strip malls, Obama could single handedly cure cancer tomorrow, and he would still have an up hill battle in Florida...that state is in such a mess, anyone who was currently sittinging in the White House would be hard pressed to think he/she could win this state in a bid for re-election. It's just that bad in Florida.

    February 3, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Republicans = Fascists

    I think the President will be fine in Florida of all places. Seniors in Florida will remember their $250 checks for their prescription drugs once the election comes around.

    February 3, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Obama Leads

    I have all the faith in President Obama that he will lead the country to a second term. I cannot think of anyone else out there on the political stage that could do a better job than he given what Obama has inherited from the the last administration. President O is doing a masterful job. He is a master in alll he does.

    President Obama. 2012!

    February 3, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. terry, va

    Better work on the hand out areas like Miami. I don't believe he can get enough dead beat votes to off set the senior citizen vote.

    February 3, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. annie s

    Sadly, I currently reside in Florida. The incredible amount of lies put out by the Tea Party candidates in the last election could have turned Christians against Jesus it was so relentless. Bear in mind – this is the State that elected a Governor whose career includes bilking the American taxpayers out of millions and millions of dollars via Medicare fraud and you'll get a good picture of just how – um – uninformed the voters here really are.

    February 3, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Bush squuezed out a narrow lead in swing states in 2004, and won by a mere 3%. Heck, Bush won Florida with a mere 500 votes and plenty of cheating.
    No, it doesn't take 'plenty of work' to win by small margins.

    February 3, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. katiec

    Florida is occupied by the radical religious right and Limbaugh, Beck followers. President Obama would have
    a hard time swaying people who actually believe, support and quote their incompetent, fear mongering, lying
    idols.

    February 3, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Prediction:
    Obambi will see that his re-election is dependant on ObamaCare being repealed......when that becomes obvious he will "throw all the Senate Dems and other supporters under the bus" and negate his own bill in order to be Prez after 2012.
    Impossible???? Wait and see.

    February 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Gary

    48% does not constitute a "majority." In this case it would be a plurality.

    February 3, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |