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08-20-2009, 03:56 PM
August 20, 2009 - Obama Approval Hits New Low In Florida, Quinnipiac

University Poll Finds; Voters Say 5-1 Town Hall Protests Are Not Un- American

President Barack Obama gets a 47 - 48 percent approval rating from Florida voters, down from 58 - 35 percent June 10, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This is President Obama's lowest approval in any national or statewide poll conducted by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University/

Voters approve 55 - 35 percent of the protests against health care reform and reject 79 - 14 percent the argument that these protests are un-American.

Floridians also reject 59 - 37 percent enacting health care reform if it "significantly" increases the federal budget deficit. By a 71 - 23 percent margin, voters don't believe Obama can keep his promise to reform health care without increasing the federal budget deficit.

Florida voters oppose 62 - 35 percent the idea that Democrats in Congress should use their majorities to push through a health care overhaul even if it only gets Democratic votes.

But voters support 58 - 36 percent creating a government health insurance plan.

"Although he still gets a 51 - 44 percent favorability rating, that's down from 62 - 32 percent in June and the President's 47 - 48 percent thumbs down verdict on his job performance makes Florida the first state in which a Quinnipiac University survey shows his job approval is underwater, even if his nose is right at the surface," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"This is also the first time that President Obama's approval rating has fallen below the 51 percent of the popular vote that he won in Florida.