Rasmussen: Nelson 48%, Mack 43%

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Following the candidates’ only face-to-face debate on Wednesday, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson posts a five-point lead over Republican Connie Mack in Florida’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Florida voters shows Nelson with 48% support to Mack’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate, and seven percent (7%) remain undecided.

Nelson’s support has ranged from 47% to 52% in surveys since August, while Mack has earned 40% to 45% of the vote in that period.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of likely voters in the Sunshine State say they are certain to vote in the election. Among these voters, it’s Nelson 48%, Mack 44%.

Florida allows early voting, and among those who have already voted, Nelson has a 56% to 40% lead.

Nelson, who is seeking a third six-year term in the Senate, is viewed favorably by 50% of Florida voters and unfavorably by 41%. This includes 24% with a very favorable opinion of him and 21% with a very unfavorable one.

Forty-three percent (43%) share a favorable opinion of Mack, a member of Congress since 2005, while 49% regard him unfavorably. He’s viewed very favorably by 16% and very unfavorably by 26%.

Mack has the support of just 77% of Florida Republicans, while 80% of the state’s Democrats favor Nelson.  The incumbent leads by 12 points among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of all voters in the state consider their personal finances good or excellent, while 13% say they are in poor shape. Thirty-two percent (32%) think their finances are getting better, but just as many (33%) say they are getting worse.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Florida voters now approve of the job GOP Governor Rick Scott is doing, while 47% disapprove. This includes strong approval from 19% and strong disapproval from 31%.

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