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Scott Ahead in Florida; Obama’s Numbers Dark in Sunshine State


Quinnipiac has better news for Republicans in Florida than I expected:

Republican Rick Scott holds a 49 – 43 percent lead over State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democrat, in the race to become Florida’s next governor, according to today’s Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters whose overall low opinion of President Barack Obama appears to be dragging Sink down.

Scott’s lead comes despite a television advertising campaign that voters say they find annoying, the independent Quinnipiac University survey, conducted by live interviewers, finds.  This first likely voter general election survey in Florida in this election cycle can not be compared with prior surveys of registered voters.

Although Scott holds a 6-point lead in the horse race, the candidates have almost identical favorability ratings from Florida likely voters: 39 – 39 percent for Sink and 41 – 40 percent for Scott.

Florida likely voters disapprove 56 – 40 percent of the job President Obama is doing.  Democrats approve 83 – 15 percent, while disapproval is 92 – 6 percent among Republicans and 56 – 38 percent among independent voters.

That’s a pretty abysmal number for Obama in Florida.

For perspective, in late July, Rasmussen found Obama’s job-approval rating at 40 percent and disapproval at 58 percent . . . in South Carolina.

Tags: Alex Sink , Barack Obama , Rick Scott


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