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Will health reform hurt President Obama and Bill Nelson in Florida?

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A Florida poll released over the weekend showed an angry, confused and fearful electorate lashing out at President Obama and health-care reforms.

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson got caught in the backlash, the poll indicates, a sign of trouble for fellow Democrats in this year’s elections.

The results prompted many readers who support Obama and reform to question the accuracy of the poll.

The statewide Mason-Dixon poll of 625 registered voters found that Obama’s favorable ratings plunged from 50 percent when he was elected in 2008 to 37 percent. Nelson’s favorable ratings dropped from 54 percent when he was re-elected in 2006 to 36 percent.

The health-care law was supported by only 34 percent and opposed by 54 percent. Senior citizens were especially critical of the overhaul.

Some readers were shocked by the results and said the poll did not reflect the views of their friends and neighbors.

One reader wrote: “Of everyone I know in this state, and I moved here in 1974, I can count on one hand anyone I know who did not vote for and does not still support President Obama and is unhappy about his health care reform.”

Others said the small sample of 625 could not reflect millions of Florida voters. Some noted that many young people rely on cellphones these days and wondered whether polls tend to be dominated by older respondents.

These are legitimate concerns, but they don’t necessarily negate the results.  Read the rest of the story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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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