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Poll: voters split on higher fees vs taxes, dig Crist



A new Quinnipiac poll (moe +/-  2.7 percent) shows Gov. Charlie Crist with a 66 percent approval rating, and overwhelming support - 70 percent - for socking it to smokers with a tax increase. By 79-17 percent voters oppose extending term limits for legislators. More from the release:

"There may be some GOP activists who think Gov. Charlie Crist isn't conservative enough, but they aren't striking a chord around the state," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Across America, an awful lot of governors are seeing their approval ratings dip as the recession requires higher taxes and cuts in government programs, but Teflon Charlie keeps chugging along with numbers that most of his fellow governors would die for."

"Gov. Crist's approval rating remains not just lofty but lofty across the board. In fact his disapproval among Republicans, although small, is worse than his disapproval from Democrats and independent voters. He is also the unusual politician who has no gender gap," said Brown.

Looking at two state leaders who are thought to be the leading candidates for Governor if Crist decides to pass on a second term and run for the U.S. Senate, Republican Attorney General Bill MCollum gets a 48 - 18 percent job approval rating, compared to 33 - 22 percent for Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

But if Crist chooses to run for re-election, voters say 58 - 28 percent that he deserves to be reelected. Even Democrats say 52 - 29 percent that Crist deserves another term. But in a hypothetical race matching Crist against an unnamed Democrat, Democrats stay with the party 54 - 24 percent.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:36pm]


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