Barack Obama Upside Down in Florida; Obamacare Remains Unpopular

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 12, 2014 5:05 PM
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Despite carrying Florida in the last two presidential elections, a new poll from a conservative group shows President Barack Obama is under water in the Sunshine State -- and there could be consequences in the gubernatorial race, expected to be one of the nation’s political main events come November.

The poll from McLaughlin and Associates, taken for the American Future Fund, finds a majority of likely voters -- 53 percent -- disapprove of Obama, while 43 percent approve of him. The poll finds Obama’s poor standing can impact the Florida gubernatorial race because only 39 percent say they want a governor cut from Obama’s mold while 50 percent would rather see a Republican governor push back against the White House.

Only 41 percent of those surveyed say they approve of Obama’s federal health-care law, while 53 percent oppose it. A strong plurality -- 44 percent -- strongly disapprove of the health-care law.

With 49 percent saying the economy is the most important issue, Nick Ryan, the founder of the American Future Fund, said Floridians are not happy with Obama’s leadership.

“Voters clearly disapprove of President Obama's economy and his signature health-care law,” Ryan said on Monday.

Florida has been one of the leading battlegrounds over Obama’s health-care law. Back in 2010, then-state Attorney General Bill McCollum launched a constitutional challenge to the law, leading a coalition of states. After taking office later that year, current Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi continued McCollum’s constitutional challenge. Back in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Florida in a 5-4 decision, keeping the health-care law in place.

The poll of 800 likely voters was taken May 4-6 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent. The poll relies on 47 percent men and 53 percent women, while 40 percent of those surveyed are Republican and 37 percent are Democrat. The same team did show Republican David Jolly upsetting Democrat Alex Sink in a special congressional election in Pinellas County back in March.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (6)

7:46AM MAY 15TH 2014
Funny thing O'Bama isn't running anymore and he got elected twice. So in the end what do these polls really mean any way.
5:25PM MAY 13TH 2014
Because the President is an unpopular idiot,...You think the Governor's race is in Jeopardy???!!??? Think again: Governor Scott is doing a fine job; Charlie "the tuna" Crist (banking on "Morgan & Morgan" money) STILL doesn't "have the chops" to win ANY election in this hemisphere; Jeb Bush needs to stay home, his Wife will be visibly uncomfortable during another of his "terms, and his Mother would rather he didn't 'run', and Florida as well as America will ward off a "THIRD BUSH" the way flu shots ward off the flu in large populations. So Jeb, what may seem like a good idea now, may not be such a good idea for Florida in 2016.
7:44AM MAY 15TH 2014
Governor Scott has done well in doing nothing. He used our tax dollars to try to get rid of O'Bamacare and for testing those on welfare both shot down by the Supreme Court. He is brilliant when he uses these two to get votes from the GOP voters. How much more money can he funnel from you.?
8:56PM MAY 12TH 2014
the race, Obama's policies and the Republican Party increasingly strict, tighten policies, stability, .... but there are always two sides of the head, the water is fine economy development , but the fluctuating political situation.
12:47AM MAY 13TH 2014
Nonsensical mutterings . . . .
7:51PM MAY 12TH 2014
Always trust a poll that was previously off by only 34 percentage points in their polling (i.e. New York 6th District race in the 2012 election) . . . . or had Mourdock leading Donnelly in Indiana (Donnelly won by six) . . . which some label as having one of the very worst track records in 2012 general election polling . . . . . and, of course it's not like registered Democrats outweigh Republicans by 39%/35%, in direct opposition to the polling ratios being carried out for a partisan political PAC already on record as being tenaciously opposed to Health Care reform. . . . . the poll also included the fantasy finding that 53% stated that Gov. Scott was doing a good job in office . . . . who believes that result? . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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