December 2, 2008 - Sen. Martinez Faced Tough Re-Election Fight, November 18 Quinnipiac University Poll Showed Quinnipiac University Polling Logo

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Florida U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez had a lukewarm 42 - 33 percent approval rating in a Quinnipiac University poll released November 18.

Only 36 percent of voters said he deserves another term, while 38 percent said no and 26 percent said they are not sure. If the election were today, 36 percent said they would vote for Martinez while 40 percent would support his unnamed Democratic opponent and 24 percent were undecided, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll found.

"Sen. Martinez would have faced a difficult re-election fight. When fewer than 50 percent of voters say an incumbent deserves re-election, that generally assures a competitive race," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Martinez' re-election numbers were in the 30s and although there are almost two years before the 2010 voting, he would have started off with a serious uphill fight."

From November 11 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,361 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.