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Gay marriage ban could use Crist's polling numbers

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September

The proposed ban on same-sex marriage falls short of the required 60 percent for passage, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows, and has slipped slightly from a June survey.

Florida voters support 55 percent to 41 percent the constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being between a man and woman, slightly lower than the 58 percent to 37 percent support in a June 3 Quinnipiac survey. Republicans support the amendment 76 percent to 21 percent. Democrats oppose it 51 percent to 45 percent, and independent voters oppose it by a 51 percent to 44 percent margin.

Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Crist's popularity streak continues, with a 61 percent to 25 percent approval rating. His support includes 50 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independent voters.

"In this very polarized electorate, it is very unusual for a public figure to have such popularity across party lines as does Gov. Charlie Crist,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the institute. "Given that 83 percent of voters say Crist did a good job dealing with Hurricane Fay, it would be tempting to credit his popularity to that, but in reality, his numbers have been higher than Jeb Bush ever had since he took office." (more poll information here)

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:45am]

    

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