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Poll: Voters mixed on President Obama’s performance

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Florida voters remain divided over the performance of President Barack Obama in a new Mason-Dixon Poll released on Monday.

Statewide, Obama’s performance was rated as excellent or good by 47 percent of those polled, and 53 percent rated his performance as fair or poor. The president’s highest marks came from residents in southeast Florida.

Obama received the highest ratings from blacks, Democrats and people under the age of 35 years old. The lowest marks came from Republicans, whites, people over 65 years old, men and Hispanics.

Obama’s financial reform legislation was supported by 38 percent of state voters, and 34 percent opposed the plan. Immigration reform was opposed by 45 percent of Florida voters, and 39 percent supported it.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. from May 3 through May 5. A total of 625 registered voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All of those who were polled said they regularly vote in statewide elections. The margin of error was plus or minus four points.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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