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  Florida Senate: Nelson 53% Harris 36%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 14, 2005

Election 2006


Nelson (D) 53%
Harris (R) 36%
Other 3%



November 15, 2005--Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) leads Republican Congresswoman Katherine Harris by 17 percentage points in his bid for re-election. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds Nelson attracting 53% of the vote while Harris earns just 36%. Nelson, a Democrat in a “Red State,” was long considered a potentially vulnerable incumbent for the 2006 cycle.

Just 67% of Republicans say they would vote for Harris at this time. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats are for Nelson.  Nelson leads by 19 points among women and by 14 points among men.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Florida voters have a favorable opinion of Nelson while 23% hold an unfavorable view. For Harris, the numbers are 37% favorable and 42% unfavorable.

During Election 2006, Rasmussen Reports will poll at least once a month in every Senate and Governors' race. Our Election 2006 coverage will include more frequent measurement of competitive races.

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President Bush has a 48% Job Approval Rating among Florida’s Likely Voters. His brother, Governor Jeb Bush, has a 60% Approval Rating. Rasmussen Reports will release data tomorrow (Wednesday) on the race to become Florida’s next Governor.

Florida voters favor confirming Judge Alito to the Supreme Court by a 45% to 27% margin. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Nelson’s supporters say they believe Alito should be confirmed.

CrossTabs and ratings of other Florida State politicians are available for Premium Members.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 14, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).

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