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Q Poll: Crist still leads; voters swing to oppose drilling

A new Quinnipiac University poll is out, showing Gov. Charlie Crist leads the three-way U.S. Senate race 37-33-17 over his rivals Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek. If Jeff Greene gets the Democratic nod, Crist would draw even more Dem voters: 40-33-14.

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, voters have swung 48 points to now oppose further off-shore drilling. Currently, voters are 51 percent against more drilling, with 42 percent in favor. In an April 19 (the day before the spill occured) Q poll, voters were 66-27 in favor of more drilling.

In the governor's race, the two Republican nominees lead Democrat Alex Sink. In a match-up with Rick Scott, he leads Sink 42-32, while Attorney General Bill McCollum leads Sink 42-34. The poll shows independent candidate Bud Chiles drawing up to 19 points, mostly by splintering the Democratic vote. Pollsters note a higher margin of error when he is included in the question.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,133 Florida voters from June 1-7, with a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. For the Chiles matchups, there were 435 registered voters with a margin of error of 4.7 percent.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:41am]


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