The Washington Times - August 4, 2011, 08:01AM

President Obama’s approval rating is “crashing” in Florida and the debt deal didn’t help him, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Thursday.

Florida voters gave Mr. Obama a negative 44-51 percent score in a survey Aug. 1-2, after the deal was announced. They gave him a negative 44-50 percent score in the days before the agreement was reached.

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“President Barack Obama’s numbers in the key swing state of Florida have gone south in the last two months,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The president’s drop-off is huge among independent voters who now disapprove almost 2-1.”

In late May, Florida voters gave Mr. Obama a positive 51-43 percent job approval rating in the same poll.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, ties Mr. Obama in Florida with 44 percent each in the post-deal survey. Prior to the agreement, Mr. Obama led Mr. Romney, 46 to 41 percent.