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Is Sen. Nelson out of touch with Florida on drilling?



That's the suggestion of Ron Sachs, whose PR firm is working for a mystery group of pro-drilling investors and whose "Sachs Poll" on the Florida political landscape also happened to include a series of questions on drilling.

The results of that industry-funded part of the poll: 55 percent of likely voters (80 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents) generally support drilling for oil off Florida's coast. That number goes higher of course, when Mason-Dixon, threw in sweeteners like, Would you support drilling if it provided lots of money for schools, health care, roads, in Florida? (71 percent support). Would you support drilling if it generated thousands of new jobs? (72 percent support). If you were convinced it was environmentally safe (78 percent) or not visible from shore (65 percent). Or if offshore drilling resulted in you being surrounded by gorgeous dancing girls or boys, candy, and showered in hundred dollar bills (kidding).

Sen. Bill Nelson, who has been leading the charge against drilling was also tested in the poll, which found 37 percent of voters recognized him favorably, 19 percent recognized him unfavorably, 33 percent were neutral, and 11 percent don't recognize him.

"Florida's senior senator is highly regarded, but it appears he is not in touch with what the vast majority of Floridians believe on this energy issue,'' Sachs told the Buzz.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:49pm]


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