Poll: Fidel Castro's Florida Approval Rating Is 4 Percent, Ozzie Guillen's Is 7 Percent

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Are you ready for your morning dose of statistical overload? Good, because Public Policy Polling just unleashed a wide-ranging poll of Floridians that somehow asks about Fidel Castro, Major League Baseball, and the Trayvon Martin case. Some interesting highlights: Ozzie Guillen is only slightly more popular than Fidel Castro, the Marlins are more popular among women than men, and a plurality of Floridians agree with the decision to charge George Zimmerman.

Let's start with the baseball.

PPP shows Fidel Castro's approval rating in Florida is 4 percent. Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen, the man who said he loved and respected Castro, isn't much more popular. His is only 7 percent. The difference is that 86 percent of Floridians have an unfavorable view of Castro. Only 26 percent have an unfavorably view of Guillen, and 67 percent have no opinion. Still, a 7-26 favorably spread is sort of astoundingly bad for a baseball manager who has coached only a handful of games in the state.

Only 8 percent of Floridians think Guillen's comments were appropriate, compared to 39 percent who thought they were inappropriate. Only 27 percent of Floridians think Guillen should not have been suspended. Thirty percent say his five-game suspension was appropriate. Seventeen percent thought he should have been suspended longer, and a significant 22 percent thought he should have been fired.

Meanwhile, only 15 percent of Floridians identify as Marlins fans; 19 percent say they're Tampa Bay Rays fans. The Marlins, however, are much more popular among women (18 percent to the Rays' 15 percent) than men (11 percent to the Rays' 23 percent). The Marlins also have more fans who are Democrats (21 percent to the Rays' 13 percent). The Rays are apparently bigger among Republicans (26 percent to the Marlins' 10 percent).

Now, for something completely different, let's move on to the Trayvon Martin case.

  • 49 percent of Floridians agree with the decision to charge George Zimmerman with second-degree murder. Only 25 percent disagree.
  • 31 percent say he is guilty of second-degree murder. 26 percent think he's not guilty.
  • 32 percent think the homicide was racially motivated. 45 percent think it wasn't.
  • 42 percent support the Stand Your Ground law. 32 percent oppose it.

Older Floridians, men, whites, and Republicans were all much more likely to be sympathetic to Zimmerman's side of the debate than were younger Floridians, women, minorities, and Democrats.

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