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Incumbent Sen. Nelson still far ahead, poll finds

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 12, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - With less than four weeks to Election Day, Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris trails U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by a wide margin in her bid to unseat the Democrat, a poll released Wednesday says.

Nelson was favored by 61 percent of likely voters and 33 percent preferred Harris, with 6 percent undecided, according to results of a random telephone sampling Oct. 3-8 by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In a larger sampling of 968 registered voters, Nelson was favored by 56 percent to Harris' 31 percent, with 11 percent undecided. A similar poll in July showed Nelson with 61 percent, Harris with 24 percent.

Only 20 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Harris and 22 percent of Republican voters said they preferred Nelson, who also won handily among independents.

The poll also showed 59 percent of Florida voters continue to disapprove of the job President Bush is doing, compared to 37 percent who approve. Fifty-five percent believe the United States is losing the war in Iraq and 44 percent say it is losing the battle against terrorism.