Key takeaways from today’s Qunnipiac poll showing Connie Mack leading and Rick Scott improving

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A new Quinnipiac poll finds Connie Mack with a wide lead over George LeMieux in the GOP primary for the US Senate and Governor Rick Scott with improving approval numbers.

I went inside the crosstabs of the poll and found these instant key takeaways.

1. There isn’t a single major demographic – not one – in which George LeMieux garners more than 10% support.  Just to hammer home how bad this poll is for LeMieux — a campaign ender, really — he’s actually lost support since this time last year. In May of 2011, LeMieux was at 14%.

2. Connie Mack’s favorability ratings, whatever they are based on, are huge. Among Republicans, 56% hold a favorable opinion of him.  Only 26% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of LeMieux.

3. Connie Mack is leading Bill Nelson 44 – 36 percet among Hispanic voters. Reinforces notion Nelson has difficulty connecting with those voters.

4. How do 31% of Florida voters say they haven’t heard enough about Bill Nelson? Wait, whose fault is that…the voters or Nelson’s?

5. Where is Rick Scott strong?  Not just North Florida, but Southwest Florida as well.  Who is he strong with? Men, darn it.

6. Only 31% of Florida voters approve of the Florida Legislature’s job performance.  The Legislature has been mired in the thirties for a very long time.

7. 55% of Florida voters are dissatisfied with the direction of the state. How much can that number change between now and November? Probably not much.  But Rick Scott has more than two years for the environment to improve.

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.