With less than four weeks to Election Day, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris trails U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by 28 percentage points in her bid to unseat the first-term Democrat, a new poll shows.
Nelson was favored by 61 percent compared to 33 percent who preferred Harris, with 6 percent undecided. The results were gathered in a random telephone sampling of 783 likely voters, which was carried out Oct. 3-8 by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
In a larger sampling of 968 registered voters, Nelson was favored by 56 percent to Harris’s 31 percent with 11 percent undecided.
“In order to win, she’ll have to convince Floridians she is not who they think she is,” assistant poll director Peter Brown said Wednesday.
Only 20 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Harris and 22 percent of the Republican voters said they preferred Nelson, who also won handily among independents.
The poll also showed nearly three of every five Floridians (59 percent) continue to disapprove of the job President Bush is doing compared to 37 percent who support the way he’s handled the job. Fifty-five percent believe the country is losing the war in Iraq and 44 percent say the U.S. is losing the battle against terrorism.