Poll: Crist 49, Davis 30
The Florida Chamber of Commerce released polling today showing Republican Charlie Crist leading Democrat Jim Davis by 19 points, 49 percent to 30 percent. The statewide poll was of 500 likely voters balanced to all known demographics with a margin of error of +/- 4.5percent. The poll was conducted by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research for Florida Chamber of Commerce, October 6-8, 2006.
""This is what normally happens in a race. Supporters will move to the undecided column before they jump to the other candidate," said Marian Johnson, vice-president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber. "This is not to say that they won't return to Davis if given a reason, but voters do not usually jump from one side to the other without traveling down the undecided road. However, it is good news for the Republican ticket."
The Crist/Kottkamp ticket received support from 77 percent of Republicans polled, along with 26 percent of Democrats, and 40 percent of respondents classified as other. The Davis/Jones ticket received 50 percent of the responding Democrats, 8 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of those classified as other. Twenty-two percent of Democrats are still undecided.
The Crist/Kottkamp ticket leads Davis/Jones among males by 34 percent (55 percent to 21 percent) and among females by seven percent (44 percent to 37 percent). Still, 24 percent of the males and 17 percent of the females remain undecided.