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Perry Leads Romney in Fla.; Obama's Approval Rating Crashes

Obama's approval rating in the state continues to slide, falling below 40 percent. Now, just 39 percent of all Florida voters approve of the job Obama is doing, while 57 percent disapprove. In early August, Obama's approval rating in the state stood at 44 percent. A majority of voters now feel that Obama does not deserve to be re-elected, his worst score on that measure. Only 41 percent of voters feel he does deserve to be re-elected, including just 39 percent of independents. But while Romney runs stronger against Obama, Florida Republicans favor Perry. In the two-way matchup, Perry leads by 14 points among men and 1 point among women. Among Republicans who describe themselves as part of the Tea Party, Perry leads by 20 points. The poll also shows that while Perry's comments about Social Security -- comparing it to a "Ponzi scheme" -- are a liability in the general election, Florida Republicans are unlikely to punish him in the primary. Just a third of voters think it is fair to describe the Social Security system as a Ponzi scheme, while 58 percent think it is unfair. But a slim, 52-percent majority of Republicans think it is fair. The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Sept. 14-19, surveying 1,007 registered voters, for a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent. The Republican primary questions are among 374 respondents, with a margin of error of +/- 5.1 percent.

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