Rasmussen: Nelson-Mack race goes from ‘leans Dem to a toss-up’

According to the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings, the Florida U.S. Senate race between Connie Mack and Bill Nelson has gone from “leans Democrat to a toss-up.”

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Voters shows Nelson with 49% support to 46% for his Republican challenger, Congressman Connie Mack.  Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Florida was conducted on October 25, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Connie Mack Bill Nelson for Florida US Senate race

With Mack still trailing, the report gives him better odds than he had a week ago when  Nelson held a  48% to 43% lead.

The report also shows that 23% of  Floridian’s who are likely voters have already cast their ballots. Nelson leads 55% to 41% among these voters.

Other facts about Florida voters were included in the report posted on rasmussenreports.com, including a favorable outlook on the job Governor Rick Scott is doing.

Mack leads by eight points among male voters but trails by 12 among female voters. Voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties prefer the incumbent by a 58% to 32% margin.

Nelson, who is seeking a third six-year term in the Senate, is viewed favorably by 49% of Florida voters and unfavorably by 43%. This includes 29% with a Very Favorable opinion of him and 27% with a Very Unfavorable one.

Forty-seven percent (47%) share a favorable opinion of Mack, a member of Congress since 2005, while 43% regard him unfavorably. He’s viewed Very Favorably by 22% and Very Unfavorably by 27%.

Sixteen percent (16%) of Florida voters describe the U.S. economy as good or excellent, but 48% think it’s in poor shape. Thirty-five percent (35%) say the economy is getting better, while 43% believe it’s getting worse.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Florida voters now approve of the job Republican Governor Rick Scott is doing, while another 48% disapprove. This includes Strong Approval from 20% and Strong Disapproval from 31%.

Mitt Romney still holds a small lead over President Obama in the Sunshine State.





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