How ridiculous is the Viewpoint Poll showing Jeb beating Obama by 19%?

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I guess I have to share the results of a Viewpoint Poll showingthat former Florida Governor Jeb Bush would defeat President Barack Obama in the Sunshine State by nearly 20 points.

According to the poll, Governor Bush? 57%-38% lead over Obama can be attributed to several interesting figures found in the crosstabs of the statewide survey of likely voters in Florida. For example, Bush enjoys a 66%-31% lead over President Obama among male voters, but only leads Obama 50%-44% among women.

But the following cross-tab iswhy this poll has to be taken with a grain of salt:

26% of Democrats stated they would vote for the younger brother of former President George W. Bush over Barack Obama if the Presidential election were held today.

You have to be out of your frekin’ mind if you think 26% of Democrats in Florida would vote for Jeb Bush. Out of your frekin’ mind! I am not saying Jeb wouldn’t beat Obama in Florida, butwinning a quarter of the Democratic vote would not be part of the arithemetic.

Again, you have to be out of your frekin’ mind if you thinkFlorida Democrats, bludgeoned by the current GOP onslaught against teachers, unions and reproductive rights, would roll over and cast a vote for Jeb!

Of course, this poll was commissioned by uber Republican strategist Randy Nielsen andwas conducted on April 13th – 14th among 807 Florida registered voters likely to vote in the 2012 General Election. They say themargin of error is +/- 3.5%, but I think the entire poll falls within the margin of error.

Out of your frekin’ mind.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.