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Fla. Poll: McCain Leading Obama

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 10:42 PM

Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-based public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a three-day poll of likely voters in Florida on various political issues. In the poll, 41% (492 respondents) identified themselves as Democrats; 39% (468 respondents) identified themselves as Republicans; and 20% (240 respondents) identified themselves as independents or other party affiliation. The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points.

In a general election match-up for President, Republican Senator John McCain led Democrat Senator Barack Obama 49% to 42% with Libertarian Bob Barr at 1% and 8% undecided.

“McCain is holding steady among Republican voters and is polling better in South Florida than a Republican candidate would be expected to do,” said Johnson. “It appears that Obama’s advertising did not have a dramatic impact. Additionally, 25% of Hillary Clinton’s supporters say they will not support Obama and he is continuing to underperform among female voters and Jewish voters.”

The results of the poll showed that 33% of those polled approved of President Bush’s overall job performance; with 59% disapproving; and 8% undecided. When asked to rate the President’s handling of the economy, 20% approved; 64% disapproved; and 16% were undecided. On the issue of Iraq, the poll found 38% approved of the President’s handling; with 56% disapproving; and 6% undecided. When asked on the President’s handling of the war on terrorism, the poll found that 54% approved, 38% disapproved, and 8% were undecided.

“The economy has replaced the war in Iraq as the number one issue for Floridians,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, LLC. “Voters blame the President for the precarious state of the economy which is reflected in his low poll numbers. The one bright spot for the President is that support for his handling of the war in Iraq has increased and is currently at its highest level of support in two years.”

When asked if they would favor drilling for oil of the shores of Florida, 62% would favor offshore drilling; 27% were opposed; and 11% were undecided.

The poll showed 59% of respondents approving of Governor Charlie Crist’s job performance; 30% disapproving; and 11% undecided.

“The Governor continues to be one of the most popular Governors in the nation, however, his level of support is lower than one year ago,” said Johnson. “He is polling lower among male voters.”

When asked if they would favor Governor Crist as the Republican vice presidential candidate, 34% said yes; 52% said no; and 14% were undecided.

“Support for Governor Crist as John McCain’s running mate continues to be low,” said Johnson. “Opposition to the Governor as McCain’s running mate is highest among Republicans who identify themselves as social conservatives.”

Senator Bill Nelson received a job approval of 55%; with 35% disapproving; and 10% undecided. Senator Mel Martinez received a job approval of 48%; with 40% disapproving; and 12% undecided.

“Senator Martinez has yet to make a strong impression on Florida voters and needs to create a stronger impression on voters prior to 2010,” said Johnson.

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