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Automated poll puts Marco Rubio at 43 percent, Charlie Crist at 29, Kendrick Meek at 23



Automated Voter Survey Service poll for Sunshine State News (Sept. 1-5 and Sept. 7, margin of error +/-3 percent):

... The survey of likely voters shows Rubio with 43 percent, independent Charlie Crist with 29 percent, Democrat Kendrick Meek with 23 percent and the remaining 5 percent undecided. ...
..."Rubio’s lead at this stage in the race is due to his fairly broad appeal across the political spectrum, primarily among GOP voters and independents, the latter of which is what’s really hurting Crist," said Jim Lee, president of VSS.

"Among independents, Rubio even leads Crist narrowly, 38 percent to 36 percent," Lee said. Meek garners just 16 percent of independents.

Rubio captures a solid 70 percent of GOP voters versus just 21 percent for Crist and 6 percent for Meek, the poll reveals. Among Democrats, Meek won a modest 45 percent of the vote, with Crist at 35 percent and Rubio 14 percent.

It is worth noting that Sunshine State News has not dislosed who funds it - or its poll. Bill McCollum's campaign used to complain regularly about Sunshine State, and its poll, being in the tank for Scott, but in the end proved more accurate than others.


[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:27pm]


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