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Poll: Rubio 38%, Crist 33%, Meek 21%

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Rasmussen Reports robo poll (MoE +/- 4%) again shows Marco Rubio leading the U.S. Senate race (most others show Crist barely ahead) with 38 percent support to 33 percent for Charlie Crist and 21 percent for Kendrick Meek. With Jeff Greene as a Democratic nominee, it's Crist 37 percent, Rubio 36 percent, and Greene 20 percent.

In both matchups, Rubio gets 66% of the Republican vote, and Crist draws 25% support from his old party. If Meek is in the race, he earns 48% support in his own party, while Crist picks up 36% of the Democratic vote. If Greene is the nominee, Democrats break even between Greene and Crist. Among voters not affiliated with either party, Crist has the edge only if Greene is in the race...

...Crist is viewed as a moderate by most Florida voters, and 49% of those voters say his views are in the mainstream. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say his view are extreme. Rubio, who is considered a conservative by the majority of the state’s voters, holds views that are seen in the mainstream by 40% and extreme by 34%.

Meek is regarded as liberal to moderate by most voters. Twenty-five percent (25%) put his views in the mainstream, while 34% see them as extreme. Greene similarly is viewed largely as liberal to moderate, and 26% say he holds mainstream views while 33% say extreme.

But 40% of voters don’t know enough about either Meek or Greene to venture any kind of opinion about their views. Roughly 25% have no opinion of the views of Crist and Rubio.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Florida voters approve of the job Crist is doing as governor, up five points from the previous survey. Forty percent (40%) disapprove. Crist is viewed Very Favorably by 16% of voters in the state and Very Unfavorably by 15%. Twenty-five percent (25%) have a Very Favorable opinion of Rubio, while 16% view him Very Unfavorably. For Meek, Very Favorables are eight percent (8%) and Very Unfavorables 21%. Greene earns Very Favorables of seven percent (7%) and Very Unfavorables of 23%. 

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