Poor Katherine Harris. Try as she might, she continues tosink in the polls and she’s dragging the rest of the Florida GOP with her.
In the Florida Senate race, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has widened an already strong lead over his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, to 64 – 29 percent among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Seven percent remain undecided and 10 percent of those who name a candidate say they might change their mind by Election Day.
This compares to a 61 – 33 percent Sen. Nelson lead in an October 11 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.
In this latest survey, Nelson leads across virtually all demographic groups and regions, even gathering 33 percent of Republican voters to Harris’ 62 percent. Nelson leads 91 – 4 percent among Democrats and 66 – 23 percent among independent voters.
Rep. Harris remains unpopular with Florida voters. Only 19 percent view her favorably; 43 percent unfavorably. By comparison, 51 percent of Floridians view Nelson favorably, and only 15 percent unfavorably.
“Often challengers for statewide office who are not known find themselves behind because of the difficulty in getting their names out in a state as large as Florida. Rep. Harris hasn’t had that problem. Her problem is that most Floridians have a set view of her and for most it is a negative one,” Brown said.
Florida voters disapprove 58 – 36 percent of the job President Bush is doing.
By a 52 – 35 percent margin, voters say they prefer the Democrats rather than the Republicans to control Congress after the November 7 elections.
And, by a 45 – 18 percent margin, Florida voters say the record of the Bush administration and the Republican-led Congress make them less likely to vote for GOP candidates running for office in Florida.