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Q Poll: Great news for Crist, less so for Rubio



A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Gov. Charlie Crist continues to experience stratospheric approval ratings. Nearly three months into his term, Crist is favored by 73 percent to 9 percent, including 82 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats.

The same poll says Floridians are lukewarm at best over plans to eliminate property taxes on homesteads and replace them with a state tax. By a margin of 51-34 percent, people said it was a "bad idea." But by a far larger margin, 63-28 percent, they said the sales tax is fairer than the property tax, which is consistent with House Speaker Marco Rubio's stand on taxes.

People only narrowly opposed (48-44 percent) Rubio's proposal to replace homestead property taxes with a 2.5-percent sales tax increase, but they overwhelmingly supported another House proposal to roll back government spending to 2001 levels (69-23 percent).

Then there's this rather shocking statistic: Voters are almost evenly split on whether taxes in Florida -- all taxes, taken together -- are too high. A total of 52 percent said yes, and 43 percent said they're about right. Three percent say taxes here are too low.

The Quinnipiac poll of 1,061 voters was conducted March 21-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Another poll had even more glowing approval numbers for Crist. Taken earlier this week for a private client, the Public Opinion Strategies survey of 500 Florida residents had Crist with a favorability rating of 82-8 percent.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:40pm]


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