Yes Nelson’s approval numbers are under 50%. But that’s because Democrats aren’t in love with him. Earlier this month Quinnipiac found his overall approval at 45%. That’s because only 55% of Democrats gave him good marks. At the same time though he had 37% approval from Republicans- well above average- and also 44% approval with independents, twice the number that disapproved of him.
Those trends are very similar to what we found for Nelson the last time we polled on him in mid-December. We had him at only 36% approval, with 33% disapproving. That low topline approval number was largely due to his being at only 45% with Democrats, but there too we found him at an unusually strong for our polling 23% with Republicans and above ground with independents at 42/36.
Here’s the thing about Nelson’s low numbers within his own party- the overwhelming majority of Democrats who don’t approve of him are going to vote for him next fall. Nelson doesn’t have terribly high