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Friday, May 26, 2006
Nobody likes Kathy: Polls wide open edition
In a poll of Florida Republicans, two-thirds of potential voters say they prefer somebody else, or no one at all, over Katherine Harris for the U.S. Senate.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris had weak support in a poll released Thursday that includes the three little-known entries in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Only 37 percent of respondents said they favored Harris, compared to 13 percent for Will McBride, 4 percent for LeRoy Collins Jr. and 2 percent for Peter Monroe. Her three opponents all entered the race May 12, which was the last day to get on the Sept. 5 primary ballot.

More respondents - 43 percent - didn't choose a candidate. In a head-to-head with Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, Harris trailed Nelson 58-25.

The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University May 12-22. It surveyed 1,086 registered voters and had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll surveyed 424 Republican voters about the primary, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.

"Given how well known Congresswoman Harris is among Republicans and how well thought of she has been by them, it is somewhat surprising that she would only get 37 percent support," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the school's polling institute. "The fact that 63 percent of Republicans say they prefer either the other three or are undecided is remarkable."


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