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Poll: McCollum leading Sink; Crist crushing Rubio and Meek

A May 14-18 Mason-Dixon poll for Ron Sachs Communications (moe +/- 4 percentage points overall and 6 percentage points in primary) show Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum leading Democrat Alex Sink for governor 40 percent to 34 percent. Charlie Crist leads Marco Rubio in the Republican U.S. Senate primary 53 percent to 18 percent. From the release:

  • Neither of the Democrats running for U.S. Senate could best Crist if the election were held today, even if they won all the undecided votes.
  • Former Gov. Bush has much stronger favorable name recognition among Republicans than Crist (81%-50%).
  • Less than one-third of Floridians favorably recognize Bill McCollum, despite his 23 years of public service.
  • Crist beats Meek (55%-24%) and Gelber (57%-22%) in a general election.
  • McCollum easily defeats Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson in a Republican primary for the Governor's seat (39%-12%) but nearly half of Republican voters (49%) are undecided given those choices.
  • If former Gov. Bush were added to the mix, he would win with 64% of the vote in a Republican primary.
  • None of Florida's big city mayors whose names were tested (Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer) had favorable name recognition of more than 16%.

More interesting tidbits: Crist leads Meek for Senate 55 percent to 24 percent, and independents back Crist over Meek 49 percent to 19 percent; 81 percent of Republicans recognize Jeb Bush favorably while only 50 percent recognize Crist favorably; McCollum and Sink virtually tied among women, and McCollum has a 10-point advantage among independents.

Full results here.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:01pm]

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