Floridians like protests and dislike Obama's health care plan, poll indicates

The Miami HeraldAugust 20, 2009 

Floridians like the town hall protests over President Barack Obama's healthcare plan and disapprove more of the plan and the president himself, according to a new poll.

By big margins, Floridians say the protests are not "un-American" and they're far more worried about rising taxes and deficits than with the need for a healthcare plan, the new Quinnipiac University poll of 1,136 registered voters shows.

Since he began pushing the health plan, Obama's job-approval ratings have flatlined. For the first time in Florida, slightly more people disapprove of Obama's job performance than support it. The split: 48 to 47 percent.

Though that's well within the poll's error margin, it's a significant shift since June, when 58 percent of Floridians favored Obama's job performance in a Quinnipiac poll. Out of the five states Quinnipiac regularly polls, Florida is the first state to pan Obama's job performance.

By a large 71-23 percent margin, the poll shows, Floridians don't believe Obama's promise that his health plan won't add to the deficit.

"People were willing to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt. No longer," said Peter A. Brown, director of the Connecticut-based university's polling institute.

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