Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Politically Informed? . . . Maybe

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Politically Informed? . . . Maybe

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If you know who your congressman is, give yourself a pat on the


A recent poll by the Florida State University Policy Sciences

Center found that 32 percent of Floridians didn't know who was

representing them in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Of those who did know, 29 percent thought their representative

was doing a fair or poor job and 33 percent thought their

representation was good or excellent.

Floridians trusted the state government more than the federal

government but didn't trust either very much.

Thirty-seven percent trusted state government most of the time

or just about always, while the figure for the federal

government was 21 percent.

U.S. Sen. Bob Graham's job performance was rated good or

excellent by 52 percent; Florida's other U.S. senator, Connie

Mack , scored 47 percent.

President Clinton was right up there, too, with 49 percent good

or excellent on his job performance.

The poll surveyed 1,083 Florida residents 18 and over. It has a

4 percentage-point margin of error, which means it could be off

by that much either way.

YOU'LL BE SEEING THEM: It might be only coincidence, but

there's a sudden flurry of activity by state Cabinet officers as

1998, an election year, approaches.

Some sightings this week:

Education Commissioner Frank Brogan held a news conference in

the Capitol rotunda to talk about Florida Lottery scholarships.

Aides hustled out to place American and Florida state flags

behind his podium.

Reporters who were ushered into Agriculture Commissioner Bob

Crawford's office for a news conference on E. coli bacteria came

face to face with a picnic table with a grill, tomatoes, corn

and hamburgers.

All this was necessary, of course, to show properly and

improperly cooked hamburgers.

Comptroller Bob Milligan took to the airwaves with a public

service announcement. …

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