Poll: Charlie Crist blowing away David Jolly
Democrat Charlie Crist has pulled far ahead of Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly in their Pinellas congressional race, according to a new poll by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory (PORL) at the University of North Florida. The formerly Republican governor who ran unsuccessfully for senate as an independent and again for governor as a Democrat leads Jolly 54 percent to 36 percent in the Oct. 9 - 11 survey of likely voters.
“This relatively large lead for Crist is due, in part, to name recognition, and I think this will play out in other races as well. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have dominated the media,making it a struggle in this environment for candidates without highly recognized names,” said Dr. Michael Binder, faculty director of the PORL.
“Another advantage for Crist is that he is faring well across party lines and, perhaps because he was once a republican, he’s getting 22 percent of republican support,” Binder continued. “Even though Crist is doing quite well with African-American (87 percent) and Hispanic (72 percent) voters, this district is predominately white, and he is winning there too with 47 percent compared, with 42 percent for Jolly."