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Florida Independents Fleeing Democrats Obama and Meek

We pretty much knew this, but it’s nice to see new numbers confirming the trend: “President Barack Obama’s swing through Miami raised funds for his party on Monday but, according to a new Sunshine State News Poll, his policies raise deep distrust among Floridians and threaten to drag Democratic candidates down. “His 39/54 job approval is a harbinger of what’s coming in November, which is to say a swing back to the GOP,” predicted pollster Jim Lee.” Given that Obama’s job approval in Florida is actually worse than his nationwide average (45/48, according to realclearpolitics.com), it demonstrates that the political environment has really soured in Florida for the Democrats,” said Lee, president of Voter Survey Service, which was commissioned by Sunshine State News to conduct the poll Oct. 6-10.”

It’s a good sample, size, too: “The Sunshine State News Poll, which surveyed 1,151 likely voters across Florida, indicated that Obama’s high negative ratings aren’t just a millstone around the necks of Democratic candidates this fall, but also threaten to deep-six independent Senate hopeful Charlie Crist.Among independent voters, Obama’s job approval rating is upside down at 32/55 approve/disapprove.”This explains why (Republican Marco) Rubio is competitive with Crist even among independents (Rubio 40 percent, Crist 38 percent, Democrat Kendrick Meek 16 percent),” Lee said.”

Actually, what jumps out in that poll is that Meek the Democrat, allegedly a major party candidate, is at 16 percent among independents.

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