Politics

Obama Treading Water in Florida; Marco Rubio in Better Shape Than Bill Nelson

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 2, 2014 3:55 AM
Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, Bill Nelson

Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, Bill Nelson

Rasmussen Reports released a poll on Friday on how President Barack Obama and Florida’s two U.S. senators -- Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco  Rubio -- stand with voters in the Sunshine State. 

Despite winning Florida twice in presidential elections, Obama is treading water in the Sunshine State as 49 percent of voters approve of the job he has done in the White House but the same percentage disapprove of it. 

Obama has kept his base behind him in Florida as 82 percent of Democrats approve of his job performance and only 14 percent disapprove of it. But 85 percent of Republicans disapprove of Obama’s performance. Obama is also upside down with voters outside of the two majorities, as a slim majority of them -- 51 percent -- disapprove of him and 47 percent approve of him. 

The poll also shows a majority of Florida voters -- 55 percent -- see Obama’s signature health-care law as unfavorable. The law is seen as favorable by 40 percent of those surveyed. 

Now in his third term and not facing voters until 2018, Nelson is only slightly above water in the poll, with 38 percent of voters seeing him as favorable and 37 percent viewing him in an unfavorable light. A third of Republicans -- 33 percent -- see Nelson as favorable but 54 percent view him as unfavorable. Only 21 percent of Democrats view Nelson as unfavorable but less than a majority of those surveyed -- 49 percent -- see him as favorable. Nelson is also upside down with voters outside the major parties as 40 percent of them see him as unfavorable while 34 percent see him as favorable.

Rubio, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, does better in the poll with 47 percent viewing him as favorable and 41 percent seeing him in an unfavorable light. More than three-fourths of Republicans -- 78 percent -- see Rubio as favorable while 18 percent view him as unfavorable. A majority of Democrats -- 61 percent -- view Rubio unfavorably but 21 percent see him as favorable. Rubio is barely above water with voters outside the major parties, with 44 percent of them seeing him favorably while 43 percent view him unfavorably.

The poll of 900 likely Florida voters was taken July 29-30 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.



Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (7)

Doubting Thomas
6:24PM AUG 3RD 2014
"Nelson is only slightly above water in the poll, with 38 percent of voters seeing him as favorable and 37 percent viewing him in an unfavorable light. A third of Republicans -- 33 percent -- see Nelson as favorable but 54 percent view him as unfavorable."

~QUESTION: When is having 62-63% disapproval "slightly above water? Did this reporter and editor find math class 'hard' or is the intent to deceive? In my humble opinion if 33% of Republicans see Nelson as favorable, then they are either RINOS or Liberal, Democrat voters registered as Republican. Nelson has voted and supported strictly along Democrat Party lines, so to me logic would dictate these are not Republicans. Rasmussen polls are considered valid, but these results bring those and other issues into question in this reporting.
Jonathan
3:44PM AUG 5TH 2014
You didn't read all the article it said 38% approval, 37% disapproval leaving 25% that didn't have an opinion. So it's not the reporting, it's your reading that isn't valid.

As for Rasmussen Polls being considered valid, sure whatever you want valid to mean. But given their track record in the last election cycles you'd be better seeking guidance from a palm reader for $ 5.
H.E. "Pete" Ashley
9:34AM AUG 2ND 2014
There are 545 people responsible for the Woe's of the U.S. and 535 0f them just went on a five week vacation leaving Obama in charge.

I don't know about all that good Nelson has done for Florida.
Mark
7:04AM AUG 2ND 2014
At least Bill Nelson has done so much GOOD for Florida. Meanwhile, Rubio continues to entertain us and provides comedians with free material!
Colleena11
12:44PM AUG 2ND 2014
Shhhh, don't tell the thousands of unemployed nasa employees about ole Bill doing good for Florida! Let's face it, bill Nelson keeps getting reelected cause he's so entrenched in politics! Definitely old guard that needs to go!
RepublicanConscience
6:21AM AUG 2ND 2014
I think the headline should read "Obama Circling the Drain in Florida."
Jonathan
3:47PM AUG 5TH 2014
Yep, cause Rasmussen said so.. Remember how Obama didn't win Florida in 2012 like their polls said.

Now available for viewing... Ocean Front Property in Arizona...

Leave a Comment on This Story

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.