Quinnipiac poll: Florida voters say 50% to 42% that Obama does not deserve to be re-elected

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The national debt ceiling deal does not rescue President Barack Obama’s crashing job approval rating in Florida as he gets a negative 44 – 51 percent score among voters surveyed August 1 – 2, after the deal was announced, compared to a negative 44 – 50 percent score among voters surveyed July 27 – 31, before the deal, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a positive 51 – 43 percent approval rating for President Obama in a May 26 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University poll.

Florida voters surveyed after the deal say 50 – 42 percent that Obama does not deserve to be reelected, compared to a 47 – 46 percent split before the deal and 50 – 44 percent support for his reelection May 26.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the leading Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential race, ties Obama 44 – 44 percent post-deal, compared to a 46 – 41 percent Obama lead pre-deal.  Obama has double-digit leads over other top Republicans pre-deal and post-deal, except for Texas Gov. Rick Perry who trails Obama 44 – 39 percent post-deal.

“President Barack Obama’s numbers in the key swing state of Florida have gone south in the last two months.  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,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The president’s drop off is huge among independent voters who now disapprove almost 2-1.”

The post-debt deal poll shows little change in Obama’s May approval among Republicans and Democrats.  But among independent voters he plummets from a 47 – 45 percent split in May to a 61 – 33 percent disapproval today.

Men, who approved 49 – 47 percent in May, disapprove in the post-deal survey 54 – 42  percent.  Women go from 53 – 40 percent approval in May to a 46 – 49 percent split today.

Romney leads the GOP presidential primary with 23 percent, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 13 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul with 9 percent each.  Businessman Herman Cain has 8 percent, with 6 percent for Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman.  No other candidate tops 4 percent.

“Gov. Rick Perry’s stock is rising even before he announces whether he’ll run,” said Brown.  “U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who had been surging in other states, is stalled.”

Florida voters approve 50 – 37 percent of the debt ceiling deal, but only 2 percent say they are enthusiastic about it; 41 percent are satisfied but not enthusiastic; 36 percent are dissatisfied but not angry, while 18 percent, including 23 percent of independent voters, say they are angry.

Obama acted in their best interests in the debt ceiling deal, 36 percent of voters say, compared to 32 percent who say that about House Speaker John Boehner and 12 percent who say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acted in their best interest.

In the pre-agreement poll, voters said 46 – 33 percent they thought Obama rather than the Republicans had acted more responsibly in the negotiations.

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.