Early GOP poll shows West leading Frankelby George Bennett | March 25th, 2011
Viewpoint Florida, a polling outfit associated with Republican consultants Randy Nielsen and Pat Bainter, has released a survey that shows U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, with a 53-to-38 percent lead over West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel.
Frankel launched a Democratic bid for West’s District 22 seat this week.
The Viewpoint poll of 809 voters shows West and Frankel tied at 45 percent among independent voters. West had a favorable/unfavorable score of 50/36 while Frankel’s rating was 28 percent favorable and 36 percent unfavorable.
Florida Democrats, though, were quick to raise questions about the survey, saying its sample overly favored a GOP candidate.
Party analysts said redistricting next year will change the boundaries of West’s district. But the Palm Beach-Broward county district normally draws a stronger Democratic turnout in presidential election years.