January 11, 2012 - Obama Ties Romney, Santorum In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Nelson, Mack Senate Race Too Close To Call

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Election Year opens in Florida with the two top races too close to call, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The top Republican presidential challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has 46 percent of registered voters to President Barack Obama's 43 percent. If former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gets the GOP nomination, he scores 43 percent to President Obama's 45 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

In Florida's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has 41 percent, with 40 percent for his leading Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.

The president has a solidly negative 42 - 54 percent job approval rating and Florida voters say 52 - 44 percent that he does not deserve a second term in the Oval Office.

"Florida is among the most important swing states in the country and if the election was today President Barack Obama would have difficulty winning its electoral votes," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But the election isn't for 10 more months so he has plenty of time to turn things around. Nevertheless, President Obama needs to mend fences in the Sunshine State, especially among men, whites and those voters without college degrees. The difference among voters by age is especially striking."

In his matchup with Romney, the president wins 84 percent of Democrats, 47 percent of independent voters and only 4 percent of Republicans. By comparison, Romney takes 9 percent of Democrats. The president carries women 46 - 41 percent, but loses men 52 - 40 percent, "a yawning gender gap," said Brown.

The president carries voters 18 to 49 years old 51 - 39 percent, but loses 49 - 40 percent among voters 50 to 64 years old and loses 53 - 39 percent among voters over 65.

"The problem for Obama is that those over 50 make up 62 percent of the electorate, compared to the 35 percent who are under 50," Brown added.

"In the matchup with Santorum, the president does slightly better across-the-board, which results in the overall dead-heat. At this point Romney runs a bit better against Obama than does Santorum, but the former Pennsylvania senator isn't nearly as well-known as either Romney or the president," Brown said.

Florida voters give Santorum a 31 - 25 percent favorability rating, with 42 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion. He gets a 56 - 8 percent favorability from Republicans, with 35 percent who haven't heard enough. Romney gets a 47 - 29 percent favorability among all voters, with 74 - 14 percent among Republicans.

Obama has a negative 45 - 50 percent favorability among Florida voters.

In the U.S. Senate race, Congressman Mack gets 39 percent in the GOP primary, which is held in August. Mike McCalister and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux are way behind with 6 percent each. No other candidate tops 2 percent. Another 42 percent are undecided.

"Connie Mack remains far ahead of the GOP field and there has been little movement since he entered the race late last year. With four out of 10 GOP primary voters still undecided, nothing is certain, but one would much rather be in Mack's shoes than any of the other GOP contenders," Brown said.

Mack has a 32 - 13 percent favorability rating with 54 percent who don't know enough about him.

Nelson has a 47 - 30 percent job approval rating and a 41 - 23 percent favorability rating. "Good but not great," said Brown, "and voters say 44 - 35 percent he deserves another six years in the Senate."

From January 4 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,412 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were: Connie Mack, Adam Hasner, George LeMieux, Craig Miller and Mike McCalister, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS.....................................
                                                       WhtBrnAgnEvngl TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No     Yes    No
 
Mack                 39%    45%    33%    40%    41%    40%    42%    48%    34%
Hasner                2      3      1      2      2      2      2      3      1
LeMieux               6      8      5      7      5      9      4      8      6
Miller                1      1      2      1      2      1      1      1      2
McCalister            6      7      4      4      6      4      3      3      7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      2      2      6      5      2      -      4
DK/NA                42     32     54     43     38     39     45     35     46
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Mack                 37%    40%    34%    42%    43%    38%    43%    46%    35%
Hasner                2      2      1      2      1      1      2      -      5
LeMieux               5      7      5      9      5      6      6      5      4
Miller                2      1      1      1      2      -      2      2      2
McCalister            5      6      8      4      4     10      7      1      8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      1      1      1      -      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      3      4      3      1      4      3      5
DK/NA                45     41     48     37     41     44     37     42     40
 
TREND: (If Registered Republican)If the Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were: Connie Mack, Adam Hasner, George LeMieux, Craig Miller and Mike McCalister, for whom would you vote? (na=not asked, 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS................
                     Jan 11  Nov 11  Sep 22  Aug 04  May 26
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
                                     
Mack                 39      32      na      na      na
Hasner                2       2       5       6       4
LeMieux               6       9      17      12      14
Miller                1       2       5       8      na
McCalister            6       6      11      15      na
Haridopolos          na      na      na      na      13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       4       3       4       4
DK/NA                42      45      58      53      64
 
 
3. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                43%     4%    84%    47%    40%    46%    34%    92%    46%
Romney               46     92      9     39     52     41     55      4     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      3      2      2      2      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      4      3      3      3      -      2
DK/NA                 6      2      5      7      4      8      5      4      6
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                41%    31%    23%    29%    14%    34%    51%    40%    39%
Romney               52     56     67     59     78     55     39     49     53
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2      1      2      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      3      4      2      4      3      4      1
DK/NA                 3      7      5      6      4      6      5      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                45%    43%    55%    34%    44%    39%    37%
Romney               46     47     35     58     46     54     53
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2      2      2      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      2      4      4      2
DK/NA                 4      6      7      4      4      3      4
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                                                     DEBT DEAL.....
                                                     Post    Pre
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22  Aug 04  Aug 04
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
                                     
Obama                43      42      42      40      44      46
Romney               46      45      45      47      44      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3       2       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       4       3       4       3       2
DK/NA                 6       6       8       8       8       9
 
 
4. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Rick Santorum the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                45%     5%    86%    50%    41%    48%    36%    85%    51%
Santorum             43     89      4     37     49     38     51      6     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      2      3      2      3      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      4      4      3      4      2      2
DK/NA                 7      2      8      6      4      9      6      7      6
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                44%    33%    26%    30%    17%    36%    52%    43%    38%
Santorum             48     52     61     57     73     52     36     45     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      2      3      2      3      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      3      3      2      4      4      4      2
DK/NA                 3      8      6      8      5      7      6      5      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                48%    43%    52%    37%    48%    41%    36%
Santorum             43     43     33     52     44     49     51
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      2      3      1      2      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      4      3      3      3      4
DK/NA                 3      8      8      6      4      5      6
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Rick Santorum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            31%    56%     8%    30%    40%    24%    35%    16%    27%
Unfavorable          25      8     43     26     26     24     23     40     24
Hvn't hrd enough     42     35     46     43     34     50     41     42     48
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      2      1      2      1
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            36%    35%    43%    39%    54%    34%    27%    33%    36%
Unfavorable          35     17     15     15      9     20     26     26     22
Hvn't hrd enough     28     47     42     44     36     45     47     40     40
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..  Military
                    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            32%    31%    24%    35%    32%    37%    37%
Unfavorable          34     21     22     23     30     30     23
Hvn't hrd enough     33     46     51     41     37     33     39
REFUSED               1      1      2      -      -      -      1
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Ron Paul favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            26%    28%    14%    34%    31%    22%    28%    12%    27%
Unfavorable          41     48     45     35     43     40     45     36     30
Hvn't hrd enough     30     23     37     31     25     35     25     47     44
REFUSED               2      1      4      1      1      4      2      5      -
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            29%    27%    28%    26%    27%    28%    32%    27%    18%
Unfavorable          54     40     43     46     42     44     30     45     49
Hvn't hrd enough     15     30     27     26     30     25     36     26     31
REFUSED               2      2      3      2      1      3      2      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            29%    25%    20%    27%    28%    31%    27%
Unfavorable          50     37     33     40     46     50     45
Hvn't hrd enough     19     36     45     31     23     19     26
REFUSED               2      2      2      1      4      1      2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            31%    64%     9%    23%    39%    24%    35%    12%    30%
Unfavorable          47     24     67     52     43     51     49     52     34
Hvn't hrd enough     19     10     21     23     16     21     13     32     36
REFUSED               3      2      3      2      2      4      3      3      -
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            36%    34%    44%    37%    52%    35%    24%    35%    34%
Unfavorable          52     47     41     47     33     49     45     50     48
Hvn't hrd enough      9     15     13     12     13     13     29     12     14
REFUSED               3      3      2      3      1      3      1      2      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            32%    31%    23%    36%    30%    41%    38%
Unfavorable          51     46     44     44     55     48     49
Hvn't hrd enough     14     21     30     19     13      9     11
REFUSED               3      3      4      1      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Feb 07
                     2012    2011    2011    2007
                                             
Favorable            31      34      34      26
Unfavorable          47      38      39      48 
Hvn't hrd enough     19      25      25      24 
REFUSED               3       2       2       1 
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            47%    74%    23%    45%    51%    43%    52%    21%    46%
Unfavorable          29     14     43     30     30     27     27     42     24
Hvn't hrd enough     22     10     31     23     17     26     17     37     29
REFUSED               3      2      3      2      1      4      3      -      1
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            56%    50%    60%    54%    61%    54%    41%    50%    53%
Unfavorable          30     26     22     25     19     26     32     27     28
Hvn't hrd enough     11     20     15     18     17     17     26     20     16
REFUSED               3      4      2      3      3      3      1      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            53%    44%    37%    50%    53%    56%    52%
Unfavorable          32     27     27     30     31     29     29
Hvn't hrd enough     13     26     33     19     15     12     17
REFUSED               2      3      3      1      1      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Dec 05  Oct 25  Jan 11  Feb 07
                     2012    2011    2011    2007    2007    2012    2007
                                                                           
Favorable            47      39      40      29      31      47      13    
Unfavorable          29      28      28      27      23      29      11    
Hvn't hrd enough     22      30      29      41      43      22      75    
REFUSED               3       2       3       3       3       3       1    
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            45%     7%    85%    47%    41%    49%    36%    90%    49%
Unfavorable          50     91     10     46     55     46     60      5     43
Hvn't hrd enough      3      1      3      5      2      4      2      4      4
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      2      2      2      1      3
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            42%    33%    28%    33%    18%    36%    50%    43%    41%
Unfavorable          56     62     68     64     79     59     45     54     54
Hvn't hrd enough      1      3      2      2      2      3      4      1      2
REFUSED               1      2      1      2      1      2      1      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            47%    44%    52%    35%    50%    39%    39%
Unfavorable          51     50     41     59     48     59     59
Hvn't hrd enough      1      4      5      4      -      1      1
REFUSED               1      2      3      1      2      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Feb 03  Aug 20  Feb 19  Feb 07
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2009    2007
                                             
Favorable            45      47      47      49      51      69      37
Unfavorable          50      48      48      47      44      22      18
Hvn't hrd enough      3       3       3       2       3       6      44
REFUSED               2       2       3       2       2       3       1
 
 
10. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in this year's presidential election; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More                 37%    56%    29%    29%    41%    33%    37%    29%    39%
Less                 21     10     23     26     17     25     24     15     13
About the same       41     33     47     44     41     41     38     56     46
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -      2
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
More                 38%    37%    43%    39%    48%    38%    31%    39%    43%
Less                 18     27     17     27     16     24     23     23     16
About the same       43     36     39     34     35     38     46     37     39
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
More                 37%    37%    28%    42%    40%    43%    40%
Less                 17     23     23     22     22     14     16
About the same       45     39     48     35     37     42     41
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in this year's presidential election; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22
                     2012    2011    2011    2011
                                             
More                 37      32      35      40
Less                 21      23      21      22 
About the same       41      44      43      37 
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1 
 
 
11. If the election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Bill Nelson the Democrat, and Connie Mack the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Nelson               41%     9%    77%    44%    40%    42%    37%    72%    38%
Mack                 40     82      8     33     46     36     46     13     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      1      1      -      -      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      2      2      2      3      -      2
DK/NA                16      8     15     20     11     19     15     14     18
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Nelson               43%    34%    29%    29%    19%    36%    40%    41%    44%
Mack                 43     47     56     52     67     46     34     44     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      2      2      2      3      3      1
DK/NA                12     16     13     16     11     15     22     12     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Nelson               46%    39%    48%    36%    39%    41%    36%
Mack                 40     41     34     45     42     48     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      2      4      -      1
DK/NA                12     17     16     16     14     11     15
 
TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Bill Nelson the Democrat and Connie Mack the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jan 11  Nov 11
                     2012    2011
                             
Nelson               41      42%
Mack                 40      40 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1 
DK/NA                16      16 
 
 
12. Is your opinion of Connie Mack favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            32%    58%    13%    25%    37%    27%    35%    13%    34%
Unfavorable          13      2     27     13     16     11     12     21     11
Hvn't hrd enough     54     40     58     61     47     61     52     64     54
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            35%    35%    42%    41%    49%    36%    26%    35%    36%
Unfavorable          16     10      7      7      5      9     10     14     15
Hvn't hrd enough     49     54     49     51     44     53     64     50     47
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            34%    31%    26%    36%    35%    37%    33%
Unfavorable          16     12     13     11     14     15     13
Hvn't hrd enough     50     56     59     52     50     47     51
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Bill Nelson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            41%    20%    61%    44%    42%    39%    38%    52%    42%
Unfavorable          23     43      8     19     29     18     26     15     15
Hvn't hrd enough     35     36     30     37     28     41     34     31     44
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            49%    33%    34%    34%    27%    38%    36%    42%    47%
Unfavorable          24     28     33     29     41     25     17     27     28
Hvn't hrd enough     26     38     32     34     31     35     47     31     23
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2      -      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            52%    35%    40%    33%    46%    48%    39%
Unfavorable          21     24     20     26     26     23     29
Hvn't hrd enough     26     39     39     40     27     29     31
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bill Nelson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 11  Feb 3
                     2012    2011
                             
Favorable            41      39 
Unfavorable          23      23 
Hvn't hrd enough     35      36 
REFUSED               1       2
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    30%    66%    49%    48%    46%    43%    63%    49%
Disapprove           30     47     15     27     35     25     32     22     27
DK/NA                23     24     19     24     17     29     25     15     24
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              50%    40%    42%    41%    34%    45%    47%    46%    49%
Disapprove           30     33     37     35     45     31     26     33     31
DK/NA                20     27     21     24     21     24     27     21     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              51%    45%    52%    43%    46%    51%    43%
Disapprove           29     30     25     35     32     30     35
DK/NA                20     25     23     22     21     19     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator? (*Low also 42% Aug 2004)
                                             DEBT DEAL.....  APPROVE.......
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Jan 10  Nov 11  Sep 22  Aug 04  Aug 04  Feb 06  Aug 04
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007    2011*
                                     
Approve              47      47      45      42      45      54      42
Disapprove           30      27      32      35      33      18      35
DK/NA                23      26      23      23      22      28      23
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%     7%    80%    45%    39%    45%    33%    89%    46%
Disapprove           54     92     15     52     58     50     63      9     47
DK/NA                 4      1      5      3      3      5      4      2      7
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              39%    30%    25%    32%    19%    34%    47%    39%    39%
Disapprove           58     66     71     65     80     62     50     58     56
DK/NA                 3      4      4      2      1      4      4      3      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              44%    41%    49%    35%    45%    37%    36%
Disapprove           53     55     46     61     52     60     62
DK/NA                 4      4      5      4      3      3      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22  Feb 19  Sep 22
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
                                             
Approve              42      41      41      39      64      39
Disapprove           54      54      52      57      23      57
DK/NA                 4       5       7       5      13       5
 
 
19. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or - Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                39%     5%    77%    40%    37%    41%    30%    87%    42%
Romney               52     92     15     48     57     47     60      7     51
DK/NA                 9      4      8     12      6     12     10      7      7
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                37%    27%    21%    28%    12%    30%    45%    37%    34%
Romney               56     62     71     66     82     61     46     56     55
DK/NA                 7     11      8      6      6      9      9      8     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                42%    37%    48%    32%    39%    33%    34%
Romney               51     52     41     59     52     63     59
DK/NA                 7     10     11      9      8      4      8
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10
                     2012    2011    2011
                                     
Obama                39      41      39
Romney               52      49      49 
DK/NA                 9      10      12 
 
 
20. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or - Rick Santorum?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                44%     5%    82%    49%    41%    46%    35%    82%    52%
Santorum             43     84      6     38     50     37     51      6     38
DK/NA                13     11     13     14      9     18     14     12     11
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                43%    31%    27%    30%    16%    36%    51%    41%    37%
Santorum             46     53     62     56     75     50     37     47     48
DK/NA                11     15     12     13     10     14     12     12     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                48%    41%    51%    35%    46%    41%    37%
Santorum             41     44     35     52     41     51     51
DK/NA                11     14     15     13     12      8     12
 
 
22. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         44%     5%    83%    49%    41%    47%    35%    93%    47%
No/Does not          52     93     12     48     57     48     62      4     48
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      3      5      4      4      5
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         39%    32%    26%    31%    16%    36%    51%    41%    39%
No/Does not          57     64     70     65     81     61     46     56     56
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      3      4      2      3      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes/Deserves         45%    43%    52%    35%    49%    38%    36%
No/Does not          51     53     43     61     50     59     61
DK/NA                 4      4      5      4      1      3      3
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                     DESERVES......
                                                     High    Low
                     Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22  May 26  Sep 22
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
                                             
Yes/Deserves         44      44      43      41      50      41
No/Does not          52      51      51      53      44      53
DK/NA                 4       5       6       6       6       6
 
 
23. Do you feel that Bill Nelson deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         44%    22%    67%    46%    44%    43%    40%    65%    45%
No/Does not          35     58     15     32     42     29     39     19     31
DK/NA                21     20     18     22     14     28     21     16     25
 
                     WHITE...................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvngl  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         45%    38%    36%    34%    28%    41%    44%    43%    45%
No/Does not          36     40     46     43     55     38     32     39     34
DK/NA                19     22     18     22     17     21     24     18     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    42%    48%    39%    45%    46%    42%
No/Does not          33     36     31     39     38     34     39
DK/NA                19     22     21     22     17     19     20
 
TREND: Do you feel that Bill Nelson deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                     DEBT DEAL.....
                                     Post    Pre
                     Jan 11  Sep 22  Aug 04  Aug 04  May 26  Apr 07  Feb 03
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Yes/Deserves         44      44      44      45      48      43      43
No/Does not          35      33      38      36      30      35      33
DK/NA                21      23      18      19      22      21      25
 
 

Demographic Summary