Florida voters continued to give President Obama negative marks in a new public-opinion poll that has also found most respondents favor some sort of deal on Iran's nuclear program.
Obama's popularity, known as his job-approval rating, is 41 percent in Florida, with 55 percent disapproving of the Democratic president, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University published Wednesday. Last time the organization asked that question, in February, Obama was doing slightly better, with 46 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval.
The latest poll, which has an error margin of 3 percentage points, also found that 61 percent of Florida respondents would like to change direction from Obama's policies, compared to 32 percent who would like to continue them.
"President Barack Obama gets lousy grades for his job performance, although they are not quite as low as they have been at times in his second term," Peter A. Brown, the poll's assistant director, said in a statement. "More damning is that about five in eight voters say they want the new president to take the country in a different direction."
Despite their disapproval of Obama, Florida voters said -- by 63-26 percent -- that they would back an agreement with Iran to lift sanctions against the country in return for restrictions on its nuclear program. The Obama administration is in negotiations that have stretched past a self-imposed March 31 deadline.
Last month, 47 Republican U.S. senators sent Iranian leaders a letter warning that a deal with Obama might not be backed by the GOP-controlled Congress. Wednesday's poll found a majority of Florida voters found the letter to be unhelpful, by 55-38 percent (that's a wider negative margin than Obama's approval rating). The split was largely partisan, with Democrats and independents in opposition and Republicans in support.
Still, half of Florida voters opined the letter won't have an impact on the White House's efforts, and they support, by 65-23 percent, legislation making any Iran deal subject to congressional approval.