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PPPoll: Ryan Medicare plan is a loser for GOP, winner for Dems (Haridopolos?)

From Public Policy Polling, which typically surveys for Democrats and liberal causes:

"If Democrats want to take back the House next year they're going to have to pick up some seats in Florida and there's good news for them on that front: right now Florida voters prefer the party by a 45-40 margin on the generic Congressional ballot over the Republicans.

Democrats have a registration advantage in the state and right now the party's voters are staying in line- the 82% of Democrats planning to vote Democratic for Congress is almost identical to the 81% of Republicans planning to vote Republican for Congress. That's a change from last year when GOP voters were a lot more unified around their party's candidates than Democrats were...

-One thing that may be helping Democrats in Florida, as it did in the special House election in New York in May, is that voters are opposed to Paul Ryan's proposed changes to Medicare. 40% say they're against his plan to 24% in support of it and 36% with no opinion. Independents split against it by a 42/25 margin, and Democrats (58%) are a lot more unified in their opposition to it than Republicans (43%) are in their support. This is definitely not going to be a winning issue for the GOP in Florida."

But it could be somewhat of a winning issue for Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, the only Republican in a crowded U.S. Senate candidate field who said he'd vote against the Ryan plan. If rank-and-file Republicans are no fan of the plan and his opposition doesn't cost him, Haridopolos has staked out relatively save territory to buck party leaders.

The PPP survey, though, shows that Florida is still socially conservative when it comes to gay marriage (an issue that's not on the ballot in 2012)

"-A majority of Florida voters still express opposition to gay marriage even as much of the country moves in support of it. 53% think it should be illegal to just 37% who think it should be permitted. There's a huge generational divide on the issue with voters under 45 thinking it should be legal but far outweighed by the 65% of seniors who don't think it should be.

Floridians may not be on board yet with full marriage rights for gay couples but 2/3rds do support some form of legal recognition for them. 33% support marriage and another 34% say civil unions are their first choice, with only 31% opposing any sort of rights for same sex couples."

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