Debt Deal Bounce for Obama? Not in Florida

Aug 4, 2011 10:53am

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:  Resolution of the debt ceiling crisis has not boosted President Obama’s approval rating or re-election support in the key 2012 battleground of Florida, a new Quinnipiac University poll has found.  

Obama received a 44 percent job approval rating among registered Florida voters polled after the deal was announced, representing no change from just days before or a turnaround from a two-month slide in the Sunshine State.

A May survey by Quinnipiac found 51 percent approval of Obama overall in Florida, including 47 percent approval among independent voters.  Today, just 33 percent of Florida independents approve of the way Obama has handled his job. The poll has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

Growing numbers of Florida voters also say Obama does not deserve re-election.  Before the debt deal, support for a second Obama term was split evenly. After the deal, by a 50-42 margin Floridians say Obama should not continue in the job. 

“President Barack Obama’s numbers in the key swing state of Florida have gone south in the last two months,” said Peter Brown of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The debt ceiling deal is not making any difference in that decline, and any bounce he got from the bin Laden operation is long since gone.” 

In a hypothetical 2012 match-up with former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama is tied in Florida, according to the latest poll — a similar finding in recent statewide polls in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Nationwide, Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, according to the latest Gallup poll, down from 50 percent at the beginning of June. 

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