In new Florida poll, Tea Party more popular than Occupy Wall Street movement

There, 30 percent said they were favorable, 39 percent were unfavorable, and 29 percent said they hadn't heard enough about the movement, which began to grow in Florida at the beginning of October.

Quinnipiac says they surveyed 1,185 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

Meanwhile, CL caught up with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn briefly on Wednesday morning, and asked him if he had any desire to meet up with Occupy Tampa protesters.

On Monday, three members with the group discussed the current state of affairs with City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, but told CL after that their real desire was to speak with the mayor himself (as members have previously expressed).

But Buckhorn said he really didn't see the point, saying, "I've met with Kelly Benjamin. We've had the conversation I know what the questions are that they're going to ask, they know what the answers are going to be. I think we've resolved everything that we need to resolve. As long as folks continue to obey the law they're going to be fine."

Benjamin, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council earlier this year, is actually not directly involved with Occupy Tampa per se, but has acted as a liaison for the group, reaching out to various members of the council to set up meeting with the activists. He says that a video interview he did with the mayor last week that was widely circulated by Occupy Tampa members may have given Buckhorn the idea that he is with the group.

One Occupy Tampa member who is definitely with the group is 29-year-old Clearwater resident Greg Priem, who said he was disappointed to hear that the Mayor has no interest in meeting with the group.

"We’ve been trying to meet with him since day one, and he’s never once granted us an audience with the “King,” unfortunately," he said sarcastically.

  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says there's nothing to say to Occupy Tampa activists

A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday morning shows Mitt Romney beating Barack Obama in Florida if the two compete each other in the general election next year, as well as showing Herman Cain leading Romney currently in the Sunshine State.

But go deeper into the cross tabs of the survey and two particular numbers stand out.

It's regarding the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movement.

In a nutshell, the Tea Party, considered to be somewhat in decline nationally, is looked at favorably in this state by 34 percent of those surveyed, which actually asked slightly more Democrats (33 percent Dems, 31 percent Republicans and 29 percent independents), with 40 percent giving it unfavorable ratings.

But there was less support for the OWS movement.

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