Thursday, March 11, 2010

More thoughts on Florida

Our polling is continuing to indicate that the biggest threat to Democrats this year is not angry voters going over to the Republicans, but apathy within the party base. The Florida Senate race is a good example of this.

We find that only 8% of people who voted for Barack Obama in Florida are planning to cross over and support Marco Rubio this year. That is actually smaller than the 11% of John McCain voters who Kendrick Meek is winning.

Rubio is ahead anyway for two reasons. First, those polled report having voted for McCain by a margin of 4 points in 2008 when Barack Obama won the state by 3. That 7 point shift in who's planning to vote this year is similar to what we found for the recent elections in New Jersey and Massachusetts (there was a much larger Democratic turnout drop off in Virginia.)

The other reason Rubio's ahead is that McCain voters are more excited about him so far than Obama's voters are about Meek. 23% of Obama voters are undecided compared to 13% of McCain voters. That's really not a problem for Meek at this point more than seven months away from the election- the Crist/Rubio feud has been sucking all the air out of the race and really the best thing for Meek's chances at this point is for the Crist collapse to continue.

Floridians who voted Democratic in 2008 are not abandoning the party, but do need to be reenergized. That's a lot easier said than done and it hasn't happened in the last few major races. But if the electorate that shows up this fall mirrors the folks who came out last time Meek will probably win.


Anonymous said...

It's pretty obvious the polling sample you got from Florida - with Independents loving Obama and Kendrick Meek(!) - was skewed.

And you're basing more blog posts on this junk? Seriously?

Do you really think any Republicans are going to support Kendrick Meek?

Do you really believe the numbers you're putting out?

How about using some common sense in the future.

Anonymous said...

Whoever posted above doesn't understand Florida. Marco Rubio is a far-right hypocrite who gets $130 dollar haircuts. He represents the kind of extremism that drove this economy and military into the ground.

Kendrick is a moderate and a former police officer who represents the middle ground. He isn't afraid to go against Obama, and also isn't afraid to support the commonsense changes we need here.

Independents are and should be scared of the teabaggers and Florida is not full of extremists. Florida will make the right choice. The Republicans will vote for Rubio and everyone else will vote for Meek and he will win.

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