Joe Henderson: Q-poll has Joe Biden up by 11 points in Florida. Um, not buying it

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

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