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Barack Obama Upside Down in Florida; Obamacare Remains Unpopular

May 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

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 nations 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 Obamas poor standing can impact the Florida gubernatorial race because only 39 percent say they want a governor cut from Obamas 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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 McCollums 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.

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