With Florida lawmakers just past the halfway point in the 2013 legislative session, a new poll finds that Tampa Bay voters hold an unfavorable opinion of the Legislature and their individual legislators.
Fifty-seven percent of registered voters survey by St. Pete Polls have an unfavorable opinion of the work of the Florida Legislature. Twenty-two percent hold a favorable opinion, while 21% said they were unsure.
Regarding Jeff Brandes and Jack Latvala, the two State Senators who represent most of Hillsborough and Pinellas County, more registered voters in their districts than not have an unfavorable opinion of the two Republican lawmakers. Latvala is viewed unfavorably by 34%, while 28% hold a favorable opinion. Brandes, in his first term representing an increasingly partisan District 22, is viewed unfavorably by 38%, while 21% hold a favorable opinion.
The job performance of six State House members was also gauged and the results are not positive for any of the legislators. Performing best are Kathleen Peters and Darryl Rouson, while Jamie Grant has the lowest favorable rating and Ed Hooper has the highest unfavorable rating.
Here are their individual numbers:
Dwight Dudley – 24% favorable, 32% unfavorable
Jamie Grant – 18% favorable, 36% unfavorable
Ed Hooper – 25% favorable, 40% unfavorable
Kathleen Peters – 31% favorable, 32% unfavorable
Darryl Rouson – 32% favorable, 34% unfavorable
Dana Young 24% favorable, 32% unfavorable
This poll was of 4,095 registered voters in the Tampa Bay area and was conducted from Monday, April 8 to Tuesday April 9, 2013.
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