Half of the Florida voters surveyed after congressional leaders and the president reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling say Obama does not deserve to be re-elected, while 42 percent say he does deserve another four years in the White House. Before the deal was announced, the split was 47-46 in favor of the president’s re-election.
Additionally, 51 percent of voters disapprove of the job the president is doing (compared to 50 percent before the agreement was announced), while 44 percent approve.
These surveys suggest there has been little change in the voter disgust expressed in Election 2010. Last September, just prior to the midterm elections, 62% said that Congress could always make things worse. In January of last year, 32% were confident that their official representatives actually had their best interests at heart. It should be noted that these attitudes have been around for a while. In September 2008, 59% would have voted to replace the entire Congress.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe there is significant disagreement within the scientific community on global warming, up five points from late 2009. One in four (25%) believes scientists agree on global warming. Another 18% aren’t sure. Republicans and adults not affiliated with either major political party feel stronger than Democrats that some scientists have falsified data to support their global warming theories, but 51% of Democrats also agree.
Men are more likely than women to believe some scientists have put out false information on the issue.
Democrats are more likely to support immediate action on global warming compared to those from other party affiliations.