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Poll: McCollum leads Sink in governor’s race; Floridians open to more drilling, oppose Dem health reform

by George Bennett | January 27th, 2010

Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum has opened up a 10-point lead over Democrat Alex Sink in Florida’s race for governor, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.

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.

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6 Responses to “Poll: McCollum leads Sink in governor’s race; Floridians open to more drilling, oppose Dem health reform”

  1. Tally Corruption Says:

    Alex Sink, Charlie Crist and Bill McCollum invested $250 Million dollars from the Florida State Board of Administration (Florida Retirement Fund)in the now defunct Peter Cooper Apartment Complex in Manhattan. This investment was the results of owners making political contributions to all three of these politicians. So, her part of this great loss of Florida Dollars is $83,333,333.33. Now she wastes more tax dollars counting paper clips and ink pens. Don’t forget the other two professional politicians each cost the retirement fund the same amount of millions as she did. We can not afford these professional politicians funding their cronies pet projects in New York with our Florida retirement funds and then they lose every dime of the money. Is the REC really looking into the fradulent investment scheme? Some say yes!

    http://www.dsnews.com/articles/manhattans-stuy-town-project-heads-back-to-lenders-2010-01-25

  2. Crist and Cronie Corruption Says:

    It will take more than a new governor to clean up the organized corruption in this state. We have world class corruption in the courts and in some law enforcement and local government agencies throughout the state. It has been underlying for some time now but, has escalated to catastrophic status under governor Charlie Crist. Corruption breeds corruption. Just look at the list of Crist friends under investigation or indictment.

  3. Ed Fulop Says:

    Interested in restoring honor? Get involved. Make History. Flip this House.

    http://www.southflorida912.org

  4. OBIWAN Says:

    How has our AG Bill McCollum enforced the Immigration and Employment laws in Florida??

    What action has AG Bill McCollum taken to stop the 25-30% Illegal Economy derived from Illegal Alien labor by Illegal Employers that strips Florida of its Sales Tax revenue?

    One little Sheriff Joe in Arizona has caused such a stir enforcing Immigration that BARAMA has his Justice Dept henchman AG Holder “investigating” WHY?? Has already kicked Joe out of the Federal program that has been ordered to cease and desist enforcement activities against Illegal Aliens.

    Has AG Bill McCollum filed suit against the Feds for reimbursement of jail and other costs associated with BARAMA’s refusal to pay for housing Illegal Aliens under deportation orders??

    It is indeed unfortuante the citizens of Florida have heard nothing about any such activities by our esteemed AG Bill McCollum!! We know Alex Sink has done nada in her CEO capacity. We also know Alex Sink fully supports Radical Left DEmocrat schemes to grant amnesty to 30 million Illegal Aliens – the DNC already estimates they will capture 8 million new voters from that….

    SAD, we are forced to again vote for another Governor that may be a fine, honest, upright Christian man — but does he really have any cajones to take a tough stand to get back American jobs for Floridians??

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