The day after Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein released a poll showing him beating Republican Allen West 48-40, West has released his own internal poll today showing that he is in the lead.
West's poll shows that he leads 48-42. And it also shows that West is far ahead among independents -- 52 to 36 -- in a district that is closely split between Democrats and Republicans. It shows West's favorable to unfavorable 39-27 and Klein's favorable to unfavorable 41-38.
Here is a copy of the poll questions:
About 39 percent of poll participants identified themselves as conservative while 21 percent identified themselves as liberal. And 41 percent considered themselves Tea Party supporters while 32 percent opposed the Tea Party.
The poll of 300 voters was conducted by Wilson Research Strategies Sept. 20-22. The poll also shows higher favorables for Democrat Alex Sink than Rick Scott (41 to 33 percent) and higher favorables for Charlie Crist (54) than Marco Rubio (47) and Kendrick Meek(37) in the U.S. Senate race. (Though the poll memo states that the poll was conducted among statewide voters campaign manager Josh Grodin said that was a typo and the poll was of Congressional district voters in the Broward-Palm Beach district.)
Here's the summary in the internal poll:
"Given the current political climate of the District, Allen West is well-positioned to unseat Ron Klein. Voters are wary of Klein, as demonstrated by his weak image rating and low support for re-election. West, on the other hand, has successfully translated his image advantage into ballot support, and has earned strong leads among the swing groups necessary for victory."