Midway through session, poll finds Tampa Bay voters don’t approve of their legislators’ work

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With Florida lawmakers just past the halfway point in the 2013 legislative session, a new poll finds that Tampa Bay voters hold an unfavorable opinion of the Legislature and their individual legislators.

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters survey by St. Pete Polls have an unfavorable opinion of the work of the Florida Legislature. Twenty-two percent hold a favorable opinion, while 21% said they were unsure.

Regarding Jeff Brandes and Jack Latvala, the two State Senators who represent most of Hillsborough and Pinellas County, more registered voters in their districts than not have an unfavorable opinion of the two Republican lawmakers. Latvala is viewed unfavorably by 34%, while 28% hold a favorable opinion. Brandes, in his first term representing an increasingly partisan District 22, is viewed unfavorably by 38%, while 21% hold a favorable opinion.

The job performance of six State House members was also gauged and the results are not positive for any of the legislators. Performing best are Kathleen Peters and Darryl Rouson, while Jamie Grant has the lowest favorable rating and Ed Hooper has the highest unfavorable rating. 

Here are their individual numbers:

Dwight Dudley – 24% favorable, 32% unfavorable

Jamie Grant – 18% favorable, 36% unfavorable

Ed Hooper – 25% favorable, 40% unfavorable

Kathleen Peters – 31% favorable, 32% unfavorable

Darryl Rouson – 32% favorable, 34% unfavorable

Dana Young 24% favorable, 32% unfavorable

This poll was of 4,095 registered voters in the Tampa Bay area and was conducted from Monday, April 8 to Tuesday April 9, 2013.

Click here for methodology and information about margin of error.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.