Florida Not Fond of Obamacare or Marco Rubio's Presidential Ambitions

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 24, 2014 2:15 PM
Barack Obama and Marco Rubio

Barack Obama and Marco Rubio

President Barack Obama remains above water in Florida, despite the unpopularity of his health-care law -- but there's little enthusiasm for a potential 2016 presidential run by a Republican favorite son, according to a new poll.

A poll of likely voters in Florida, released Thursday from Rasmussen Reports, finds a slight majority of Floridians -- 51 percent -- approve of Obama, while 46 percent disapprove of him. The poll shows Floridians have very strong views of Obama, with 39 percent of those surveyed strongly disapproving of him and only 29 percent approving.

Despite Obama’s numbers, a majority of those surveyed -- 55 percent -- see his federal health-care act as unfavorable and only 39 percent view it in a favorable light. While 43 percent see the law as very unfavorable, only 19 percent see it as very favorable.

Obama carried Florida both times he ran for president. The state of Florida, led by then-Attorney General Bill McCollum and later by Attorney General Pam Bondi, was at the forefront of a constitutional challenge to repeal the law. But it was rejected by the Supreme Court of the United States.

The poll finds U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., does not garner much support in his home state if he runs for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. It shows a majority of those surveyed -- 52 percent -- think Rubio should not go for the presidency in 2016, while only 21 percent think he should. Asked if they will vote for Rubio if he becomes the Republican nominee in 2016, only 32 percent say they would back him while 48 percent say they would not.

The poll finds Rubio is above water in his current post, with 45 percent seeing him as favorable; 43 percent see him as unfavorable.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is in better shape in the poll, with 48 percent viewing him as favorable and 36 percent seeing him in an unfavorable light.

The poll of 750 likely Florida voters was taken April 21-22 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (7)

Joe Cucchiara
4:12PM APR 27TH 2014
The "Affordable Care Act" AKA Obamacare may not be perfect and subject to critics of the administration. The same as Social Security when it first became a law, how ever, the ACA will be refined the same as SS was and still is from time to time. The question is, if it weren't for Social Security, where would a lot of elderly people be today? This is the same question someone will ask, years from today about the ACA!
8:35AM APR 25TH 2014
Marco Rubio should get out of politics as he hasn't been able to accomplish much for the state of Florida! As a Republican, Rubio has continued to embarrass the GOP, so for the good of the party he should get out now!
3:58PM APR 24TH 2014
in 2012 Florida voted and rejected Amendment 1 which would permit the state to pull out of the federal health care program, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It would specifically prohibit laws forcing individuals or employers to buy or provide health care coverage. This proposed amendment failed. Conclusion...Floridians want Medicaid expansion and the AHA. This report that Floridians do not want AHA is untrue and a lie.
Rubio not qualified for President
3:35PM APR 24TH 2014
And, neither is Jeb Bush or his adopted sister-in-law Hillary Clinton!

Rubio come out of Jeb Bush's Miami Cuban friends circle. they let him play with the RPOF Credit cards and go to the top because Charlie Crist jumped ship on them and they wanted to show him who is the boss.

But, don't think the Bushes will ever let Rubio be president - it ain't going to happen! Jeb will use him to take the heat off their goal to keep the borders open so everyone that loves their family can cross and stay here - get free educations and score on their common Core testing

Besides Rubio is like Obama -" his daddy was not an American citizen when he become the baby daddy!" not qualified to be president of the USA, plain and simple. But these goons that have kidnapped the USA and used the US Constitution for toilet paper don't give a toot!
Joe Cucchiara
5:29PM APR 27TH 2014
Jeb and Marco are both playing to the Latino voters, knowing full well that the GOP will never pass an immigration reform. Ileana and Diaz Ballard have been milking the anti Castro embargo for years. These guys are on the same type of program. Rubio is "flip a coin" on an issue. Jeb got his big brother elected president. Needless to say, the country would be in a lot better condition without the Bush Family in politics. By the way Jeb, what happened to the $ 15 million dollar federal loan you got and Daddy forgave without a penny payment?
3:22PM APR 24TH 2014
Always trust Rasmussen . . . . . didn't Romney win Ohio and become President . . . .

Anyone else notice this head-shaker --> " finds a slight majority of Floridians -- 51 percent -- approve of Obama . . .The poll shows Floridians have very strong views of Obama, with 39 percent of those surveyed strongly disapproving of him and only 29 percent approving" . . . . can't Derby get this precise . . . is it 51% approving or 29% approving . . . is it a moving truthiness target . . . . . or just plain journalistic sloppiness . . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
about Ohio and FloriDUH
3:41PM APR 24TH 2014
Frank -

No polls in the world are any good when the Corrupticans fix the optical scanners to vote like they want them too instead of how the voter tried to vote.

Even Dick Morris polled Mitt Romney for the winner - that's what the people said! Does anyone with brains really believe Obama got 100% of the vote in some of those Ohio precincts? I know they are nuts in Ohio smelling all the Dayton rubber plants for 50 Years - but they've gone broke and shut down now and the air is cleaner!

OH Yea! and Florida really loves Obama to - they love his so much he got 141% of the votes cast in St. Lucie County, Fl - It's hard to beat a winner like that!!!!!

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