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Q Poll brings good news for Nelson and Rubio



Today's Quinnipiac poll focused on the race for president and the Republican U.S. Senate primary. But Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson found reassuring news tucked in the poll. So did Sen. Marco Rubio.

"Nelson’s lead jumped seven points against an unnamed Republican opponent since the last time Quinnipiac tested the question in April," the campaign said in a statement. "Nelson now leads a GOP opponent by 46-35 compared to 43-39 in April.  Also, the Florida Democrat’s job approval since the debt deal earlier this week is 42-35, or relatively unchanged from the 45–33 registered last week before the debt deal. "

Rubio's team noted how that his approval rating among independents shot up after the debt-ceiling vote. Last Saturday, Rubio gave a floor speech that got wide media play across Florida and has been viewed more than 306,000 times to far on YouTube. His office attributed the uptick (numbers below) to that speech.

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Marco Rubio is handling his job as United States Senator?

Overall: 45 Approve; 35 Disapprove
GOP: 72-16
Independents: 40-35
Dems: 29-50
Men: 48-33
Women: 43-37                  
MONDAY THRU TUESDAY, 8/1-2 (Note: after Saturday speech had blanketed statewide TV)
Overall: 49-36 (gained 4 approval points, gained 1 disapproval point)
GOP: 78-14 (gained 6 approval points, dropped 2 disapproval points)
Independents: 54-29 (gained 14 approval points, dropped 6 disapproval points)
Dems: 21-61
Men: 58-31 (gained 10 approval points, dropped 2 disapproval)
Women: 41-40 (dropped 2 approval points, gained 3 disapproval points)


[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:13pm]


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