Interesting polling data about Floridians views on Bill Nelson, ‘Stand Your Ground’, the economy and abortion

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democratic incumbent that Republicans view as vulnerable in this November’s elections, was viewed favorably by 41 percent of those polled, with 26 percent saying their opinion was unfavorable, according to a new Suffolk University/WSVN-Miami poll.

Other interesting nuggets from the poll:

While 50 percent of respondents said they favored the “Stand Your Ground” gun laws that have received scrutiny in the aftermath of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 71 percent also said sheriffs should more closely monitor neighborhood watch groups and volunteers.

Floridians are pessimistic about the economy, with 81 percent believing the recession is not over in Florida and 55 percent saying the state’s housing market isn’t getting better.

An amendment seeking to bar public funding for abortions or health-care plans covering the procedure could be hotly contested, with 47 percent of those polled saying they oppose the measure and 45 percent approving of it.

The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted May 6-8 and has a margin of error of four percentage points.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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