Poll: Rubio narrows Crist’s lead in GOP Senate primary race; McCollum edges Sink for governorby George Bennett | October 21st, 2009
The latest poll shows Crist with a 50-to-35 percent edge over Rubio. It was 55-to-26 for Crist in August. Rubio is still largely unknown to half of GOP voters.
Crist beats the Democratic Senate frontrunner, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, by a 51-to-31 percent margin in the poll. Meek tops Rubio 36-to-33 percent in a hypothetical Senate matchup.
In the 2010 governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum has a 36-to-32 percent lead over Democratic CFO Alex Sink. McCollum has a 43-to-7 percent lead among Republicans over state Sen. Paula Dockery, a potential primary challenger.
President Obama’s approval rating in Florida is 48 percent positive and 46 percent negative in the new poll, compared to a 47/48 score in Quinnipiac’s August poll.
Crist’s job approval rating as governor is 59 percent positive and 31 percent negative. Rubio’s favorable/unfavorable score among Republicans is 44/3, with roughly half of GOP voters still not knowing enough about Rubio to have an opinion.
The poll of 1,078 Florida voters was conducted Oct. 12 through Sunday. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent for the survey of all voters and plus or minus 4.9 percent for the sample of 396 Republicans.