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Q poll: Crist 47, Scott 40; medical marijuana support at 82%; Stand Your Ground support at 60%

by George Bennett | November 21st, 2013

Charlie Crist begins his Democratic quest to recapture the governorship with a 47-to-40 percent lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a new Quinnipiac University poll says. That’s down from a 10-point lead for Crist in June and a 16-point advantage in March.

Florida voters disapprove of the way Scott is doing his job by a 47-to-42 percent margin, the poll says. Asked to remember Crist’s performance as governor from 2007 to 2011, 53 percent say they approve of the way he handled the job and 36 percent disapprove.

Only 37 percent of voters say Scott “deserves to be re-elected,” with 53 percent saying he doesn’t deserve a second term. In June, voters said by a 50-to-35 percent margin that Scott didn’t deserve re-election.

Although he’s been a Democrat for less than a year, Crist tops former state Sen. Nan Rich in a Democratic primary by a 60-to-12 margin, the poll says. Rich has been seeking the Democratic nomination since April 2012, but 86 percent of voters — and 83 percent of Democrats — say they haven’t heard enough about her to form an opinion.

Crist was elected as a Republican but switched to no party affiliation in 2010 after he fell behind Marco Rubio in a GOP primary for Senate. He became a Democrat last December. Critics have branded Crist a shape-shifting opportunist; voters are evenly divided in their evaluation, with 46 percent saying Crist’s switches are a “positive thing” and 46 percent calling them a “negative thing.”

A potential ballot question on legalizing medical marijuana appears to have strong support. Asked about “allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” 82 percent are supportive and 16 percent opposed.

Asked about “allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” 48 percent are in favor and 46 percent opposed.

Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law is supported by 60 percent of voters in the poll and opposed by 34 percent. In June, before a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, support was 57 percent and opposition 36 percent.

The Nov. 12-17 poll of 1,646 registered Florida voters has a 2.4 percent margin of error, with a 4.2 percent margin of error for the Democratic sample.

26 Responses to “Q poll: Crist 47, Scott 40; medical marijuana support at 82%; Stand Your Ground support at 60%”

  1. OBIWAN Says:

    Quinnipiac…
    … as in the rabid progressive liberal loon ‘college’ whose website lists their current ’causes’…
    … legalized recreational whackyweed, euthanasia, etc.

    Not a single one of my friends has ever been contacted in their ‘random’ polls of Democrat registered voters.

    They are a DNC trolling poller… wouldn’t know an honest day in their life… and remain devoid of human core values allowing honesty, integrity or respect!!

    Florida has progressed very well in this BARAMA-induced stagneant Big GOVT spending jobless ‘recovery’…
    … balanced budget…
    … low taxes…
    … modest regulations…
    … and GOV Rick Scott executive decisions paid down $3.5 BN in state bonds …
    … AND all $3.5 BN in Federal ‘temporary loans for perpetual unemployment welfare’!!

    Not a single scandal or hint of one in his first term…
    … compare that to the BARAMA lying dawg you get in former RINO/DNF GOV Chuckie??

  2. esverdad Says:

    Charlie Crist is slime! This guy has no morals. He does and says anything to get elected! First a republican.. now a democrat.. he is whatever and whoever anybody wants him to be. A vote for him is a vote for special interest and big money… anybodys money… cause he’s for sale!

  3. Tea Lady Says:

    It’s a long time between now and the election!

    The Great State of Florida is a Tea Party State! No one should hope to be elected to statewide office unless they adhere closely to The Pillars of Pro$perity:
    * Fiscal Responsibility
    * Free Markets
    * Constitutionally Limited Government

    All else is a sham!

    Join The Tea Party! We’ll defeat Good-Time-Charlie Crist once again! (Apparently Good-Time-Charlie did not learn from the last election.)

  4. Carol Says:

    The Tea Party was created by the Koch brothers. Groups with ties to the tobacco industry and the Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

    The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party’s anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

    NORMAL, free-thinking voters are SICK of the distruption the Tea Party has created in government, which is why they are losing elections and will continue to lose elections into the future. Charlie Crist, regardless of what you think of his changing party affiliation, was able to reach across the table to get things done for the betterment of Floridians.

  5. Carol Says:

    The Tea Party was created by the Koch brothers. Groups with ties to the tobacco industry and the Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

    The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party’s anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

    NORMAL, free-thinking voters are SICK of the disruption the Tea Party has created in government, which is why they are losing elections and will continue to lose elections into the future. Charlie Crist, regardless of what you think of his changing party affiliation, was able to reach across the table to get things done for the betterment of Floridians.

  6. spence Says:

    Jesus, even Toronto’s crackhead mayor would be ahead of Scott in a poll. The office will be awarded to the candidate with the biggest bag of gold. That is how it’s decided. So Scott may spend over $100 million this time around.

  7. Una Paloma Blanca-ah-AHH Says:

    Quinnipiac?
    Wishful thinking George Bennet of the ever so neutral Palm Beach Post.

    Gripe about Scott all you want, but there’s no denying he has trimmed the sails on out of control spending which will be on everyone mind in 2014. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY !
    Charlie Crist is less popular than Jimmy Carter {and Gov. Scott} & will lose next year.

  8. TrafficAvenger Says:

    Nan Rich, for first chose, Mr.Crist if need be. Never will we vote for the likes of Mr. Scott. He is the poster child of all that is wrong with the G.O.P. of today and their policies of yesterdays.

    The Grand Old Party is getting Old, just not soon enough.

  9. ShanB Says:

    Our current governor can spend a BILLION dollars on his re-election campaign and I wouldn’t vote for him. I just hope, in 2014, that at least 51% of the Florida voters will see past all of the negative ads that will be running on Crist as the election nears and remember Scott’s “real” progress with voting rights changes, the reinstatement of a “double jeopardy” board affecting ex-felons rights, the significant cost increases in all state “fees” (in lieu of calling them taxes)and his unwillingness to modify the “stand your ground law”…the list goes on. This guy smiles his choreographed public appearances like he’s working for the general good but his actions have been nothing short of “Satanic” towards everyday people. This guy has got to go. Charlie Crist may have some flaws but they pale by comparison to Scott. Crist is exponentially the better candidate when it comes to integrity and concern for the general good of the people of Florida. When he extended voting hours in 2008 when lines and voting times were excessively long, that single act showed more concern for the general good of the state than the total collection of whatever Scott has done.
    CRIST IN 2014!!!

  10. BobinBoynton Says:

    Seriously, my dog could beat Scott at this point. Whoever wins should not take it seriously. They are just simply replacing a mistake. A mistake that has caused great harm to the people of Florida. A mistake that has caused great harm to the students of Florida. A mistake that will take years to recover from.
    Don’t vote based on what they promise or what party they are affiliated with, vote on what they are going to do and have a proven track record of.
    Regarding legalizing Medical Marijuana, as one who has never smoked marijuana I cannot attest to it. I can attest to the severe pain people have that would cause them to use it. As one who takes morphine on a daily basis, I am not sure if I would give it a try as I can function fine with the morphine.
    As a card carrying member of the NRA and CCW Permit, I don’t think we’re going to see a change to the Stand Your Ground Law. I would pray and hope to see a change to the Mental Health System so that the people who need treatment can get treatment. This is the real crux of the problem.
    Ok, now that we all have solved these problems, time to turn the page and move on with our life!

  11. GetALIfe Says:

    Considering that they profess a belief in God and speak of their fellow Americans it’s hard to understand why there’s not one ounce of fellowship in the total mass that makes up the right wing including the extremists that give tea a bad name. Not one ounce. Maybe the Venom Party would be a better name.
    Vote for anyone that isn’t so hard lined and suffering for a total lack of what makes a good Samaritan. Caring is not a bad thing though they don’t want to hear such nonsense.
    Not one ounce.

  12. David Says:

    I am surprised there is only 7 percent between them. I think Sponge Bob Square Pants would out poll Scott by almost as much

  13. gethefax Says:

    The most Liberal Survey in the history of mankind. I would never ever depend or trust this survey if my life depended on it.

  14. evil Says:

    scott should not have won the GOP primary, but he did. he should not have won the Gov race three years ago against Sink, but he did. Why? Money. He has millions of his own cash to spend. Actually, its millions he stole from medicare, but he got away with it. So, technically, it is his. My point is, we need to unite as one group and rid Florida of this Evil. For the sake of our kids, our parents, our own dignity. End the evil.

  15. David Says:

    Talk about death panels, how many people could have been helped if his company had not stolen 13 billion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid.

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