According to a Quinnipiac University Poll of Florida released on Monday revealed that voters are against the deal preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons by 61 percent of Florida voters. Only 25 percent are in favor of the deal. Negative views about the Iran deal cut across demographic groups: It’s opposed by the youngest and oldest voters, by men and women, and by Republicans and independents. Democrats are the only group in which support for the deal is greater than the opposition. Florida voters also oppose stripping federal funding from Planned Parenthood, which has been under attack since the release of undercover videos in which employees with organization casually discuss providing fetal cadavers and body parts from abortions.
A majority of voters in each of the states said the deal brokered by the Obama administration to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief would make the world less safe. The unpopularity of the Iran deal could intensify the squeeze felt by South Florida members of Congress who haven’t yet said how they would vote on President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy priority. Top Obama supporter Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a staunch supporter of Israel, which opposes the deal. Just 41 percent of Florida voters approve of Obama’s performance; 56 percent disapprove.
Obama gets similarly low approval ratings in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Quinnipiac released polling from the three swing states this morning after releasing a poll last week that showed Democratic 2016 presidential front runner Hillary Clinton slipping in those states. Obama’s worst Florida approval scores came in September 2011, when 57 percent of voters disapproved of his performance and only 39 percent approved. Fourteen months later, Obama carried the state on his way to winning re-election.
On immigration, 53 percent of Florida voters said people in the U.S. illegally “should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship.” Twelve percent favored letting them remain, but not apply for citizenship, while 31 percent said they “should be required to leave the U.S.” The U.S. is losing the fight against the Islamic State, 63 percent of Florida voters say. The 55 percent support for using ground troops to fight ISIS includes 35 percent who “strongly” agree and 20 percent who “somewhat” agree. Opposition to sending ground troops was at 40 percent, with 29 percent “strongly” holding that view.
The results come weeks before Congress is set to take up debate on the agreement, with a vote set for no later than Sept. 17. Key Democrats have endorsed the deal in recent days, including red-state Democrats like Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his support for the
deal on Sunday. The latest poll of 1,093 voters was conducted Aug. 7-18 and has a 3 percent margin of error.