Florida poll: Obama down, Romney up
August 4th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
10 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. Liz the First

    Romney up, the collective IQ of Florida down!!!!!! that's what the headline ought to read. after what just happened, how could anyone in their right mind think voting for a republican, ANY republican, is a good idea? have they not just proven to even the dimmest bulb out there that they are in government for two reasons, making each other even richer, and destroying government from the inside. our country will not withstand another republican regime! Obama's trying against the most entrenched opposition i've ever seen to clean up the mess left by the last one. you can't clean up bush's mess in a couple of years, it's like asking someone to clean up after Katrina with a roll of paper towels! and yes, we're still blaming bush for the mess we're in. just like we're still blaming hitler for the holocaust. time doesn't make the blame go away, it just makes some people forget.

    August 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Harrison

    Wait until Willard starts opening his mouth.

    August 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. NO MO JO

    For all you Lefty Liberals......cry, as you will, cry loud, as you will.....but crying will not change the fact that we are BROKE! Lazy Democrats, who want a Nanny State to meet their every need, and who have restricted their Labor to a walk to their mailbox each month & collect their welfare check......you can vote people into offices who will fight for your (sic) "right" to "take" from those who have acheived.....but when there is No Mo Jo.....all of your crying will amount to a big fat NOTTA!

    August 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. vet in texas

    Mitt Romney want to FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA, he wan't to indoctrine women to wear long sleeve dresses, stay in the kitchen, and have lots of babies with no say in their lives. He will take his marching orders from the writings of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.

    August 4, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. bb

    Summer polls are always suspect in a big way. Even in months when people are home, who has a land line any more?

    August 4, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. obama victim

    man...I am going to miss Barry............................NOT

    August 4, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Adalbert

    Big mistake.

    August 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Obama should be so far down......he isn't even on the chart!

    I prefer Huntsman over Romney, however.

    August 4, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. sue

    He will come up in the Polls the closer to election.....their are a lot of Democrats upset that we didn't get more on the table during the debates.....but when it comes to voting for Obama or more of the same old Republicans that are afraid of the Tea Pary and will not compromise to get this country back on course, we will vote Democrat again and again....no matter who is running because if the GOP or Tea Party infiltrate anymore of Washington you can kiss Social Security, Medicare , Education, Health Care, and Womens Rights good bye.....

    August 4, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Romney made his millions by breaking apart American companies, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas.

    – He was pro-choice; now he's anti-choice.

    – He instituted health care reform that President Obama modeled his health care reform plan after, and now Romney disowns it.

    – He sits on the sidelines and Monday-morning quarterbacks important issues, then accuses President Obama of not "leading."

    – He offers no plan for our country other than to cut taxes on the wealthy which as a policy is a PROVEN FAILURE.

    Romney is nothing more than a pretty face, made more pathetic by the fact that he knows as a Mormon he'll never get the GOP nomination, but is enjoying the publicity and money of pretending to run for POTUS.

    What a loser!

    August 4, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @NO MO JO: Liberals are lazy? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are two of the most progressive multi-billionaires out there; you calling them lazy?

    And explain to me again what's wrong with people who worked 30-40 years paying into Social Security wanting to receive that money when they're retired?

    Idiots like you who are so easily manipulated by Fox and Limbaugh and the Koch brothers are what is pulling down our nation by causing you to time and again vote against your own self-interest.

    August 4, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Dennis

    I think there will be a change in several states including Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, to name a few.

    August 4, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Wasn't Florida that gave us GWB in the first place?

    August 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Steve Lopez

    Well, there are more Republicans in Florida, doesn't mean they are smart. Years of Bush did not convince them that they are getting ripped off. Well, open up your wallets. As soon as you see his plan, you will be losing a lot of sleep and even more money!!!

    August 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    @John, PA: Cite your sources. What tax evading Democrats? What tax evading Obama administration? What 4 terrorist attacks?

    You throw up a laundry list of GOP talking points like they're facts ... but then again, as a GOP supporter you don't like to deal with facts or reason. You just play on people's fears and hatreds, because that's all you've got. No record of accomplishment, no plan for the future, just a lot of anger and division, hoping to make things bad for our country and her people and then try to pin the blame on President Obama.

    You and your ilk are traitors in my book. And I want to know: Who funds you? In the pocket of which multi-national corporate entity that is trying to destroy us from within are you?

    August 4, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. MTATL67

    Politics in Florida make no sense what so ever. The elect a governor who campaigned on fiscal responsibility. He kept his promises and cut, slashed and gutted programs as Floridians wanted him to do. The citizens that elected him governor now say he is doing a horrible job doing he said he would and what they elected him to do. Hey Florida you got what you wanted. Now they want to elect a guy who is the head of a company that puts Americans out of work (made fortune at it). This way he gets elected and puts them out of work and the people of Florida can complain what a horrible job he is doing.

    August 4, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Open Minded Realist

    Watchout what you wish for middle class America. Some will say it can't be any worse ............ Watch Out!!

    August 4, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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