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

July 31, 2014 - 6:00pm
Rasmussen Reports released a poll on Friday on how President Barack Obama and Floridas 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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.

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