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PPPoll: Bill Nelson's just "mediocre" enough to win

From Public Policy Polling, a firm that typically surveys for Democrats and liberal groups

Different month, same story when it comes to Bill Nelson's poll numbers: his approval rating is mediocre but he has a double digit lead over all of his Republican opponents.

38% of voters approve of the job Nelson's doing to 31% who disapprove. The most striking number continues to be those with no opinion- even after more than a decade in the Senate 31% don't feel strongly enough to rate Nelson one way or another.

Nelson continues to have solid numbers with independents (43/29) and 27% of the Republicans who have an opinion about him approve of the job he's doing, well ahead of the curve for your average Democratic Senator. What holds down his overall numbers is a lack of enthusiasm for him from his own party base- just 53% of Democrats give him good marks to 19% who disapprove. You're usually going to see a Senator more in the 70-80% approval range within his own party.

Democrats may not be in love with Nelson- but they're still pretty strongly committed to voting for him- and that combined with a persistent lead with independents gives him a double digit advantage over his potential Republican foes. He's up 11 points on George LeMieux at 46-35 and has identical 12 point leads over Mike Haridopolos and Adam Hasner at 47-35. Nelson pulls in 13-14% of the GOP vote in each of those match ups while losing only 7-8% of the Democrats. He also leads independents by a small margin over LeMieux (3 points) and a wider one over Haridopolos and Hasner (15 points.)

 Full analysis here


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Beckie Cooper

Bill Nelson Has Failed! Florida Deserves Much More Than "Mediocre" says Alexander George
Alexander George, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, says "mediocre" Bill Nelson isn't enough!

PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 29, 2011 – Champions Gate, Florida-


Alexander George for United States Senate
Contact: Beckie Cooper
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2011

Alexander George, Republican candidate for United States Senate, responded to the Public Policy Polling organization's assessment of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson today. The poll suggested that U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, running for his third term, is mediocre but acceptable to the voters of Florida. The Democratically leaning PPP organization also values the input of independent voters. "In my eyes, the PPP redeems itself by listening to independent minded Floridians" said George.

Mr. George acknowledged that Senator Nelson holds a double digit lead over his Republican rivals. He openly criticized "liberal" media chains that have given Mr. Nelson a "free ride". "One of my opponents, former-Senator LeMieux, established a strong identity during his sixteen month term. "Here we have an appointed U.S. Senator who not only listened to his constituents, but acted on their input and advice. We know who he is and what he stands for. I can't say the same thing about Senator Nelson. After two decades in Washington D.C., this career politician has repeatedly flip flopped on almost every issue." said George. Mr. George went on to explain his frustration with journalists. "They should conduct a fair and balanced assessment of all candidates".

Mr. George, who has met with thousands of Floridians since declaring his candidacy, went on to say that he is appalled by the "front runner" status bestowed on one of his fellow Republicans, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos. "Most people I've met with haven't heard of Mike" said George, " but he has raised more money than anyone in the primary crowd... why? ..special interests. My money comes from the hard working citizens, not lobbyists. I am in this race for the right reasons. Some of us want to serve our state, not advance our political careers. The media has a duty and obligation to examine the entire field. I'm not only referring to myself. The media should report fairly on all candidates, including George LeMieux, Adam Hasner, Bill Fisher, Ron Rushing, and others ". said George.

Alexander George went on to express his appreciation to the PPP organization. He feels that they take the time to poll "real citizens", and not "just political junkies". He said that he looks forward to facing Senator Nelson on the campaign trail. "Sure, Bill got his free seat on the Space Shuttle" said George, "but that doesn't make him Armstrong.. he has to stop hiding behind that astronaut image and answer to Floridians. He is a legislator after all, isn't he?".

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