Poll: McCollum leads Sink in governor’s race; Floridians open to more drilling, oppose Dem health reformby George Bennett | January 27th, 2010
McCollum leads Sink, 41 percent to 31 percent, in a poll that has a 2.4 percent margin of error. McCollum held a 4-point lead in polls last August and October.
The poll also finds 57 percent of Floridians oppose the Democratic health care overhaul legislation moving through Congress and 55 percent favor increased drilling in federal waters off Florida — but not if rigs are as close as five miles from shore.
Poll respondents generally don’t support relaxing immigration laws in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti that is likely to increase the number of refugees leaving the island.
Florida voters say by a 51-to-43 percent margin that immigration laws should be fully enforced rather than waived for Haitians. Voters split 47 – 48 percent on increasing the number of legal immigrants allowed in the U.S. from Haiti. And they disapprove, by a 50-to-46 percent margin, of the Obama Administration’s decision to grant temporary legal status for 18 months to Haitians who were in the U.S. illegally when the earthquake struck.
On health care, only 32 percent “mostly approve” and 57 percent “mostly disapprove” of the health care changes being considered in Congress, with 58 percent of independent voters disapproving.
McCollum’s pledge to challenge the constitutionality of an individual insurance mandate if it passes is considered a “good idea” by 49 percent of voters and a bad idea by 42 percent, with independents supporting the idea by a 53-to-39 percent margin.
McCollum faces a Republican primary challenge in the governor’s race from state Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland. GOP voters prefer McCollum by a 44-to-6 percent margin, with 47 percent undecided.
While McCollum has increased his lead over Sink, the poll suggests there’s plenty of room for numbers to change. McCollum has a 35-15 favorable-unfavorable rating, with 48 percent of voters saying they don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Sink’s favorable-unfavorable score is 24-8, with 68 percent not knowing enough about her. Dockery is unknown by 85 percent of voters.