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Poll gives Marco Rubio 23-point lead on Charlie Crist; Crist even as indie



The latest Quinnipiac University poll:
Marco Rubio has opened up an elephant-sized 56-33 percent lead over Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's U.S. Senate Republican primary, but in a three-way general election with Rubio on the GOP line, Crist as an independent and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Crist has a razor- thin edge, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Crist leads Meek 48-34 percent in a general election matchup, while Rubio's margin over the Democrat is just 42-38 percent...

... In a three-way general election:
  • Crist would get 30 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independent voters;
  • Rubio would receive 64 percent of GOP votes, 5 percent from Democrats and 29 percent of independents:
  • Meek, a congressman from South Florida, would get 55 percent of Democratic votes, 15 percent of independents and no Republicans.

Meek is much less known than either of the Republicans with 73 percent of voters not knowing enough about him to rate him either favorably or unfavorably. Rubio is rated favorably by 36 percent; unfavorably by 22 percent and 41 percent don't have an opinion. Crist is viewed favorably by 48 percent, unfavorably by 35 percent and just 13 percent don't know enough about him to have an opinion.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:28am]


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