Poll: Rubio 48, Crist 37
And this is actually good news for Charlie Crist. From the Herald:
Gov. Charlie Crist's popularity among Republicans has dropped ``significantly'' over the past year, leaving him 11 points behind Marco Rubio among Republican primary voters, a new poll shows.
The former House speaker holds a 48-37 percentage point lead over Crist among likely GOP primary voters, while 15 percent remain undecided, according to the poll released Friday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc.
It tracks a stunning reversal for Crist, who led Rubio -- 53 points to Rubio's 47 points -- in a similar poll in May. But that poll showed Crist's lead was based on name recognition. The two were tied last June among GOP voters who were familiar with both candidates, pollster Brad Coker said.
Rubio's rise, he said, has been accompanied by a major boost in name recognition among Republicans: 10 months ago, only about half of the GOP primary electorate had heard of Rubio. Now his recognition is up to 87 percent among those surveyed.
And his favorable rating has nearly doubled, from 24 percent to 42 percent, with a negative rating of 10 percent.
``Rubio got around the state on the chicken dinner circuit, got a good message and Charlie Crist made some stupid moves,'' Coker said. ``Rubio is now in control of the race -- that's not in dispute.''