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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Obama’s Approval Rating Hits 43% in Florida



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Mason-Dixon is out with a new poll in Florida, and the news isn’t very good for President Obama:

  • Overall, 43 percent of voters surveyed approved of Obama’s performance and 56 percent disapproved.
  • Only 34 percent of independent voters in Florida — always the key to winning — approve of Obama’s performance,
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would beat the president in Florida if the election were held today.

They also asked Republican voters their choice in the 2012 field, and the results are a bit surprising: “The April 4-7 telephone poll found Romney slightly leading Huckabee among Republican primary voters, 23 percent to 18 percent. They were trailed by business magnate Donald Trump with 13 percent, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 8. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s support has plummeted since she was hailed as the newest GOP superstar three years ago. Only 5 percent of Republican voters said they would vote for her as the nominee, and she would lose overwhelmingly to Obama in Florida.”

UPDATE: I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Huckabee is popular in Florida; he’s done so much for that state’s home construction industry.


Tags: Barack Obama , Donald Trump , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Sarah Palin


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