The latest poll from Quinnipiac University has Joe Biden 11 points ahead of President Donald Trump in Florida. I mention this for amusement only because we all could use a good laugh in these jittery times.
Seasoned political communications consultant Kevin Cate of CATECOMM, summed up in a single tweet what anyone who ever watched a major Florida election was thinking when that poll came out.
“A Florida landslide is any win over 1%,” he wrote. “We don’t have mountains here.”
He added in a separate tweet, “The only Democrat to win Florida statewide since 2012, @NikkiFried, won by 6,754 votes in 2018. And it took us 13 days after Election Day.”
How do we mistrust you, Q-poll?
Let us count the ways.
Q had Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by 10 points in late August 2016. That prompted this ill-fated declaration from Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll: “We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide…”
To be fair, Q had the race “too close to call” by Election Day.
In November 2018, one day before the election, Q had Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson comfortably