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Q poll: Crist 'swamps' Rubio 54-23

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Gov. Charlie Crist "swamps" Marco Rubio 54 to 23 percent in the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek leads the Democratic field with 18 percent, followed by two other members of Florida’s congressional delegation, Corrine Brown with 12 percent and Ron Klein with 8 percent.

“Marco Rubio says there are many Florida Republicans who don’t want Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate.  Depending on how you define the word ‘many,’ he might be correct. Unfortunately for Rubio at this stage, many, many, many more favor Crist,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Of course Rubio has more than a year until the GOP primary, and he’ll need it to turn the race around,” Brown added. “To prevail, he must get every undecided voter and win over some who favor Crist. Working against that possibility is that among Republicans, the only ones who can vote in the GOP primary, Crist’s favorability is 70 to 21 percent – compared to Rubio’s 24 to 8 percent, with 66 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.”

Crist's Senate bid is bolstered by his steady, and steadily high, job approval ratings. After a legislative session in which some lawmakers in his own party said he wasn't as engaged as he should be, Florida voters still rate his job performance at 62 percent favorable and 28 percent unfavorable. Among Democrats, Crist is nearly as high, 59-30.

One last nugget: President Barack Obama is doing well among voters, if not quite as well as Crist. Obama's job approval rating is at 58-35.

The poll was conducted June 2-7 in a survey of 1,245 Florida voters. The margin of error on overall questions is 2.8 percent and 4.5 percent when broken down by party.

More on the poll here.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:05pm]

    

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