Poll: Rubio 54%, Crist 36%
From the Feb. 18 Rasmussen poll (MOE +/- 5): A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Republican primary voters finds Rubio leading Crist by 18 points, 54% to 36%. Four percent prefer some other candidate and the others are undecided. ...
... Rubio now carries male GOP voters by a two-to-one margin but break even with Crist among women. The governor also breaks even among moderate Republicans, but conservatives in the party favor his challenger now by more than 40 points.
It’s telling that Florida Republican primary voters are now evenly divided over Crist’s performance as governor. Forty-eight percent approve of the job he is doing, down eight points from January, but 49% don’t approve. Those numbers included eight percent who strongly approve of how Crist is governing and 20% who strongly disapprove. Keep in mind that those figures are among primary voters in the governor’s own political party.
Fifty-four percent of likely primary voters have a favorable view of Crist. This marks an eight-point drop from the previous survey. Sixteen percent now view him very favorably. Forty-four percent of Republican voters in the state now have an unfavorable view of the incumbent GOP governor, including 14% whose view is very unfavorable. Only two percent have no opinion of him.
By comparison, favorables for Rubio total 67% percent, including 34% who have a very favorable opinion of the Cuban-American politician. Only 15% view him unfavorably, including four percent with a very unfavorable opinion. But 18% still don’t know enough about him to have an opinion one way or the other.