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New views of Crist, taxes, spending (Q-poll)

Quinnipiac University has a new poll showing Gov. Charlie Crist's job approval rating at 70 percent with only 12 percent disapproving of the St. Petersburg Republican's performance so far. Quinnipiac's Peter Brown said that beyond a "honeymoon" between Crist and the public, "Florida voters like this marriage after five months."

By 60 percent to 25 percent, voters said Crist makes decisions based on principle and not what's popular. The survey found that voters believe "most politicians" are just the opposite, with 69 percent acting out of what they perceive is popular rather than what's right. (By 50 to 38 percent, voters disagreed with Crist's decision to award $5-million to the family of Martin Lee Anderson, who died in a Panama City juvenile boot camp).

Eighty percent of Republicans like the job Crist is doing, and 63 percent of Democrats. The previous Quinnipiac poll on March 29 had Crist's overall job approval rating at 73 percent.

With the special legislative session around the corner, the poll finds Floridians trust local government more than state government to make wiser spending decisions, by 53-32 percent, with trust in local government highest in the Tampa Bay region (63-27 percent).

On property taxes, Quinnipiac found that 53 percent of voters say it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that the governor and Legislature will "significantly" cut property taxes, while 43 percent say it is "not too likely" or "not likely at all."

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,174 adults between May 29 and June 4, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:26pm]

    

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