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PPP poll shows Nelson up 10 points over Mack

Posted Apr 18, 2012 by William March

Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson leading potential GOP challengers Connie Mack IV, George LeMieux and Mike McCalister by margins of 10 to 14 points, despite Nelson’s own less-than-stellar approval numbers.

The poll doesn’t match Nelson against potential GOP candidate Jeff Atwater, who just this week said he’s seriously considering joining the race.

“The Republican field still suffers from low name recognition and favorability numbers,” said Dean Debnam, president of the polling company.

PPP is a Democratic-oriented, North Carolina-based polling and political consulting firm which says its published polls are neutral.

Some of the outcomes of this poll:

—Nelson led by 47-37 percent against GOP primary frontrunner Mack; by 48-34 percent against LeMieux; and by 47-35 against McCalister.

—Nelson got 36 percent approval to 32 percent disapproval ratings on his performance as senator, with a third of the voters not sure, which Debnam called “an unusually low profile for a sitting, two-term senator.”

—Asked whether their views of the GOP candidates were favorable or unfavorable, Mack got 20 percent favorable, 27 percent unfavorable and 53 percent unsure; LeMieux 10 percent favorable, 25 percent unfavorable and 65 percent unsure; and McCalister 6 percent favorable, 17 percent unfavorable and 77 percent not sure.

LeMieux and Mack both had higher unfavorable than favorable ratings even among Republican voters.

The poll included 700 Florida voters surveyed April 12-15, with a 3.7-point error margin.

See full results here.

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