Florida poll: Obama down, Romney up
August 4th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Florida poll: Obama down, Romney up

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's job approval rating in Florida fell after an agreement was reached between Congress and the White House to raise the debt ceiling, according to a new survey.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, after the deal was announced, showed 44 percent of Sunshine State voters approved of the president and 51 percent disapproved. Between July 27 and July 31, before the deal, 44 percent of voters approved of his performance compared to the 50 percent who did not, a drop from the 51 percent who approved and 43 percent who disapproved of him in May.

Post-deal, 50 percent of Florida voters said the president does not deserve to be reelected, compared to the 47 percent pre-deal and 50 percent who supported his reelection in May.

Obama signed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling Tuesday after a bitter partisan fight. The last-minute compromise plan ensured the U.S. narrowly averted what could have been an unprecedented default.

Florida voters approved of the deal 50 percent to 37 percent, but only two percent of voters said they were enthusiastic, with 41 percent satisfied but not enthusiastic and 36 percent dissatisfied but not angry. Eighteen percent, including 23 percent of independent voters, said they were angry.

Obama won Florida, the site of an early presidential primary, in the 2008 election with 51 percent of the vote to GOP candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona's 48 percent. Former President George W. Bush won the state in 2004 and was declared the winner in 2000 by the Supreme Court after a contentious election.

Among Florida Republican voters, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney saw a slight bump in his poll numbers after the deal was reached. The former Massachusetts governor is now tied with the president 44 percent to 44 percent, according to the poll. The president led Romney 46 percent to 41 percent before the debt deal.

Obama held a double-digit lead over other top Republicans before and after he signed the bill, except when pitted against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has yet to announce a bid for the White House. Perry trailed the president 39 percent to 44 percent after the agreement.

Romney also led the field of GOP presidential candidates with 23 percent, followed by Perry with 13 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with nine percent. Former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio host Herman Cain received eight percent, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with six percent.

Perry won a July survey of registered Republican voters in Florida with 16 percent support, according to the American Research Group poll. Bachmann, Romney and Palin tied at 15 percent and Cain received 11 percent.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 674 registered voters before the deal, from July 27 through July 31 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points and 1,417 registered voters after the deal, from August 1 through August 2, with a sampling error plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. The 1,417 sample included 510 Republicans with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Guess that means we'll have hanging chads or malicious programming tampering in 2012. What's with Florida? The OLD PEOPLE voting against their own best interest EVERY YEAR?? I don't buy it. But it is obviously for sale by the [R] party.

    August 4, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Ed

    Good this country can't afford four more years of Obama and his wild spending Dems.

    I know I would go to jail if I continued to spend more than I have.

    August 4, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. johnmenacherjr

    Teabaggin scumbags romney too. All of it lies and deciet.

    August 4, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Yeah, like I care what Floridians do? Voting against their best interests is what they do best. Happy birthday President Obama.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    August 4, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Ohio man

    wow 1400 people in the pole .. yea thats the whole state of Florida .. lol .. ok next do BMW against Audi ...lol.. these pole gotta luv them

    August 4, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Indy

    Wake up Florida the unemployed millionaire Romney has nothing to offer you and he might sell off Florida and ship all of your jobs overseas because that is what he is good at. Romney answers to the corporate elite and mega rich before he will do anything for the people of Florida and he would put Americans in default instead of raising the debt ceiling to pay off Bushes wars and tax breaks to the mega rich.

    August 4, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Big George in Big D

    He's toast!

    August 4, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. blaqmajik

    Poll them next week and get a different answer, poll them a month after that and get a different answer. They only polls that count are the ones that are open on Nov. 2nd....Obama/Biden 2012

    August 4, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. gt

    and florida economy is not nearly as bad as a lot of places...i think obama is way over his head on the economic issue..

    August 4, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Jane

    You Floridians, Never learn "Do Ya??? Fox News "Couch Patatoes" Fox News, Murdocks "Media Racial Headquarters???? Im sure, The Justice Department, "Will find "Dirt" Get Ready Faux? Hope you "Played by the Book? LOL

    August 4, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    It's because of insanely ignorant voters in red states like FL that the country has so many problems. Conservatism is a cancer, and the GOP is toxic to society. Why are Americans so stupid that they would ever even consifer voting for an anarchist GOPer?

    August 4, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Jess C.

    Sure, MIttens who waits until after the fact to express his opinion so that it doesn't fly in the face of his base. That's not leadership, that's just chicken. Don't trust that man....way too slick and slimy. He also lies such as when he had the gumption to stand in front of an abandoned warehouse (don't remember the state) and claim it was Obama's fault it closed when a brand new plant had been built right across the street. Please, we have enough liars in Congress, do we need more to feed the endless corporate coffers and the greedy? We need jobs!! Mitt was very good at sending US jobs overseas; is that what we need? Wake up people!

    August 4, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. lynn

    Florida voters said Obama should not be reelected, but they reelected GWB? Quit polling the slowest State in the Union and ask voters who think for themselves, and aren't lemmings. Listening to the trial of Warren Jeffs should give every voter pause about electing a Mormon, more a cult than a religion, even if they don't practice polygamy openly.

    August 4, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I want to know what Romney has done in the past few years that makes him worthy to be president. I guess that he could be the nominee because many of the other potential candidates are loons or just have too many problems in their past.

    August 4, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    This is a clear example of how polls are misleading. He's probably up simply because he didn't have any input on the debt ceiling debate. Poor Willard will be disappointed when he's defeated in the primaries.

    August 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. kakaraka

    Really? The BS polls start again. But you know what, they will never influence my opinion, ever. I'm adult enough to know that republicans are highjacking this country and taking the economic progres hostage. The american people will not forget that. GOP = rich, wealthy special interest, big corporations defenders. Dem = Middle class, working families defenders. That's the reality.

    August 4, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. John, PA

    Poll numbers down, not hard to believe Obama, the worst president in the history of the United States.
    In 1994 historians say the Democrat loses was a slaughter; the 2012 election cycle is going to be a massacre.

    Let’s review
    higher unemployment
    higher taxes
    higher home foreclosure rate
    tax evading Democratic Party
    tax evading Obama administration
    the “Porkulus” Spending bill
    out of control budget / no budget
    health care reform disaster
    4 terrorist attacks in the USA since Obama took office

    August 4, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I live here. There is no way a Republican will win this state after the disaster in 2010. Seniors voting to cut their own benefits. I don't know who you are asking but I only know one person that does not back the President, he can't even vote...his is from Canada. He is lived here for 35 years and never chose to get his citizenship. He goes home for his healthcare.

    August 4, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. mgc florida

    Thats because the flip flopper has been hiding, wait until he is out in plain sight. Besides Governor Scott is fast making florida a win for democrats. Keep it up Rick!

    August 4, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I don't know how some people base their judgements and opinions on things. Actually, I do. They base their opinions on emotions; not facts, not logic, not even common sense. It is frequently said the voters have short memories because of how the vote and poll results.

    I think the problem isn't one of short memories, but rather they make the decisions that feel the best, even if that decision is the worst. Reminding people of the facts is a useless exercise if you do not spark some emotion in the process.

    This poll is a reflection of that trend. People are angry that something better didn't come out of the entire debt ceiling debate. If anything came out of it, the results were something that made most of their lives a little more difficult. So, they blame they figure at the center of it all, the President, and not the party that started it all, Republicans.

    August 4, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Perhaps the seniors in Florida see the democrat's hypocrisy when they say that they're the party that's out to preserve and protect Medicare, yet gut $500 BILLION from the program in the so-called ACA.

    August 4, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Dale

    Obama is carrying the political scars of real life experience. Romney lied low during the whole debt deal so that he could be the fault-free armchair quarterback afterwards.

    August 4, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Goodbye Republican Party 2012

    Congratulations GOP. Your wish has come true. The economy is steadly declining and more people are getting furloughed. I understand the need to control spending and to live within the bugdet. I get that. My question to you is why now and why in this hardship. Just when the economy was barely holding up. It is the wrong time to cut everything. We need to rebuild /modernize our roads, bridges, building, railroads and put people back to work. Efficiency will turn this economy around. Frankly, I feel scared and my heart skips a beat when i think of the Republican party winning the election.

    August 4, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. MrManhattan

    We still let Florida vote? Something should be done about that!

    August 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Blackman in America

    LMBAO.....................wow his numbers dropped by 1%...............WTHEvea.

    August 4, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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