In CD 22, Lois Frankel holds slim, three-point advantage over Adam Hasner

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Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel holds a slim, three-point advantage over former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner in the District 22 race, according to a new WPTV/FLDemocracy2012 poll released Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found Frankel leading Hasner by a 47 percent to 44 percent margin with nine percent undecided. The poll’s findings are the latest indication that the Democratic-leaning district, which stretches from northern Palm Beach County to mostly eastern Broward County, could be a pick-up opportunity for Republicans.

The same poll found President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney in District 22 by a 51 percent to 44 percent margin.

Frankel is viewed favorably by 34 percent of those surveyed while 31 percent have an unfavorable view of the Democrat. Meanwhile, 31 percent of likely voters polled have a favorable opinion of Hasner and 27 percent have an unfavorable view of the Republican congressional hopeful.

The survey found a significant gender gap, with 54 percent of female voters supporting Frankel and 38 percent supporting Hasner.  Among men in the district, Hasner leads 50 percent to 39 percent.

Frankel has the edge among independents and other voters not affiliated with a major party, who broke for the Democrat by a 47 percent to 41 percent margin. She also leads among African-Americans by a 74 percent to 17 percent margin and among Hispanics by a 54 percent to 38 percent margin.

In a potentially troubling sign for the Frankel campaign, the poll has Hasner leading in Frankel’s Palm Beach County turf–home to a majority of the district’s population. Hasner is beating the former West Palm Beach mayor by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in Palm Beach County, while Frankel is leading Hasner by a 50 percent to 41 percent margin in the Broward portion of the district.

More poll nuggets here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.