A new Quinnipiac poll of Florida finds a majority of voters in the state view President Obama as untrustworthy. Just 44% believe Obama is honest. This view is a major factor in the collapse of Obama’s approval rating in the state, where just 40% of voters approve of the job he is doing. This poll drop isn’t just confined to Obama, however. The poll found a significant trend towards Republicans and steep drops in approval ratings for Democrats up and down the ballot.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democrat nomination for Governor next year, saw his favorable ratings drop 15 points since the last poll taken in June. Among Independents, Crist lost 22 points and more voters view him unfavorably now. In a match-up with incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, Crist holds a 7 point lead. In March, however, Crist led Scott by 16 points.
Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson dropped 16 points in his favorable ratings. In June, 51% of voters approved of Nelson. Today, just 43% approve. His unfavorable ratings jumped, as well, rising to 37% from 29% in June. Nelson’s numbers are near the low-point of his political career.
Even Hillary Clinton has been hurt by Obama’s polling collapse. Here lead over potential GOP opponents dropped 5 points overall. She leads former Gov. Jeb Bush by just 2 points now, and loses Independents. She leads NJ Gov. Chris Christie by just 4.
These numbers go a long way to understanding the panic that is consuming Democrats on Capitol Hill. The disastrous ObamaCare rollout hasn’t just hurt Obama, it has done considerable damage to the Democrat brand in general.
If this trend persists, many Democrats will have to publicly separate themselves from Barack Obama and his policies to preserve their political careers.