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Q-poll shows how President Obama, seen as untrustworthy, hurts Democrats in FL


Florida voters are souring on President Obama and his signature healthcare law — and it’s hurting Democrats in the state, a new poll indicates.

The president’s job-approval numbers are near an all-time low — 40 percent approve, 57 percent don’t — and a majority of Florida voters now view him as being untrustworthy, the Quinnipiac University poll released Friday showed.

Obama’s waning support is probably weighing down Democrats from Charlie Crist to Hillary Clinton, who are now seeing stiffer competition from Republicans, said Quinnipiac pollster Peter A. Brown.

“Politics is a team sport,” Brown said. “Obama’s the blue team captain and he’s not doing well. So it’s no surprise the president’s teammates are not doing well, either.”

For the first time since Gov. Rick Scott took office as an unpopular newcomer in 2011, the Republican’s job-approval percentage — 42 — is marginally better than Obama’s.

Brown notes that, 11 months before the mid-term elections, the poll numbers are a snapshot that don’t clearly indicate the ultimate winner.

Still, since Quinnipiac’s June Florida poll, there has been a notable overall tilt toward Republicans, fueled in good measure by independents — the crucial swing voters who often decide elections in the divided state:

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