August 19, 2009 - Lead Shifts To Republican In Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Crist Ahead 2-1 In GOP Primary For Senate

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Republican Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum leads the state's Chief Financial Officer, Democrat Alex Sink, 38 - 34 percent among registered voters in the 2010 Governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This reverses a 38 - 34 percent Sink lead in a June 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The key is among independent voters who shift from 32 - 27 percent for McCollum June 9 to 38 - 23 percent today.

Gov. Charlie Crist leads former state House Speaker Marco Rubio 55 - 26 percent for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, compared to 54 - 23 percent margin June 10.

The three potential candidates for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, U.S. Reps. Kendrick Meek, Ron Klein and Corrine Brown, are bunched together and largely unknown to most Floridians.

"Bill McCollum has been on the ballot in Florida for decades in various campaigns and this exposure to the voters seems to be serving him well," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Floridians know him better than they do Ms. Sink, who first ran for office in 2006. When voters are asked to rate him personally and in his job performance as attorney general he gets strongly positive ratings."

Florida voters rate McCollum 42 percent favorably, 13 percent unfavorably. Even Democrats give him a narrow 26 - 23 percent thumbs up. Asked about how he is handling his job as Attorney General, 53 percent approve and 16 percent disapprove. Among Democrats he has a healthy 43 - 26 percent approval rating, and scores 52 - 15 percent among independents.

By comparison, Ms. Sink gets a 23 - 8 percent favorability, while 68 percent don't know enough about her to form an opinion. Florida voters approve 37 - 21 percent of Sink's performance as CFO, with 42 percent undecided. She gets a 31 - 20 percent job approval rating from Republicans and a 36 - 21 percent score from independent voters.

"Ms. Sink's numbers indicate she has made a good first impression on Florida voters, but a much larger share of the electorate does not know her compared to McCollum," said Brown.

Crist's lead over Rubio in a GOP primary shows no gender gap as 56 percent of women and 53 percent of men support him. His 60 - 30 percent job approval as Governor, while his highest disapproval ever, shows that his support extends well beyond his Republican base.

Among Republicans, the only ones who can vote in a GOP primary, his rating is 66 - 28 percent. His strength as a general election candidate stems from his 54 - 35 percent positive rating from Democrats and 63 - 27 percent grade among independents.

"History is not rife with examples of governors with 60 percent job approval ratings, including 66 percent in their own party and 54 percent from the opposition party, being defeated when they sought U.S. Senate seats. Obviously, we have 15 months until the election and a year before the Republican primary, but Gov. Crist remains in very strong shape," said Brown.

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez also record their highest disapproval numbers ever, 47 - 28 percent for Nelson and 37 - 39 percent for Martinez.

The competition for the Democratic nomination to oppose the Crist-Rubio winner remains wide open: Meek gets 18 percent, with 12 percent for Klein, 9 percent for Brown and 57 percent undecided. Each of the three is so unknown to most Florida voters that 80 percent or more have no opinion of them.

"Whoever wins the party nomination has a long way to go to introduce themselves to voters outside of their individual congressional districts," said Brown.

From August 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,136 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. The survey includes 446 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points and 434 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Corrine Brown, Ron Klein and Kendrick Meek, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRAT
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Brown                 9%     9%     9%
Klein                12     13     11
Meek                 18     19     17
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      4
DK/NA                57     56     58
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Corrine Brown, Ron Klein . and Kendrick Meek, for whom would you vote? (na:Not Asked)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRAT....................
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 18   Jan 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2009     2009
 
Brown                 9      12      na      na       na
Klein                12       8       8      14        9
Meek                 18      18      16      16       13
Iorio                na      na      15      16       na
Gelber               na      na       5       5       na
Sink                 na      na      na      na       15
Boyd                 na      na      na      na        8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       -       2        -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2       2       4        -
DK/NA                57      57      53      43       54
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Tot   Men    Wom
 
Rubio                26%   28%    24%
Crist                55    53     56
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1     1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1     1      -
DK/NA                18    17     19
 
TREND:(If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, for whom would you vote?(na:Not Asked)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN.................
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Rubio                26      23      11       6       6
Crist                55      54      na      na      na
Bense                na      na       3       4       2
Buchanan             na      na      16      11      10
McCollum             na      na      na      na      22
Mack                 na      na      na      34      21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       2       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       2       5       -
DK/NA                18      21      66      38      40
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Alex Sink the Democrat and Bill McCollum the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Sink                 34%     6%    73%    23%    34%    34%    16%
McCollum             38     75      8     38     39     37     62
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      2      -      1
DK/NA                25     17     18     36     23     28     20
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Sink                 30%    37%    34%    26%    38%
McCollum             47     40     39     36     29
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      2      1      2      -
DK/NA                22     20     23     33     32
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Alex Sink the Democrat and Bill McCollum the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 19  Jun 9
                     2009    2009
 
Sink                 34      38
McCollum             38      34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2
DK/NA                25      25
 
 
4. Is your opinion of - Kendrick Meek favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            14%     5%    28%    11%    14%    14%     6%
Unfavorable           5      7      2      5      6      3      4
Hvn't hrd enough     80     87     69     83     79     81     90
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            14%     9%    10%     3%    26%
Unfavorable           4      5      2      4      7
Hvn't hrd enough     82     84     87     94     63
REFUSED               -      2      1      -      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Kendrick Meek favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Congressman Kendrick Meek)
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2009*   2009*   2008*
 
Favorable            14      12      11      12      14      14
Unfavorable           5       7       6       6       6       8
Hvn't hrd enough     80      80      82      80      79      76
REFUSED               1       1       1       2       1       2
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Ron Klein favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            11%     7%    20%     7%    12%    11%     5%
Unfavorable           6      7      2      9      8      4      8
Hvn't hrd enough     82     86     78     83     79     85     86
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      1      -      -
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable             7%     7%     9%     2%    24%
Unfavorable           2      6      3      -     14
Hvn't hrd enough     91     86     88     98     63
REFUSED               -      -      1      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Ron Klein favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Congressman Ron Klein)
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2009*   2009*
 
Favorable            11      11       9      12      11
Unfavorable           6       5       4       5       6
Hvn't hrd enough     82      83      86      82      82
REFUSED               -       1       1       1       1
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Corrine Brown favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             8%     3%    17%     6%     9%     8%     6%
Unfavorable          10     13      4     12     12      8     17
Hvn't hrd enough     81     84     79     82     79     84     76
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            19%     2%    12%     -      5%
Unfavorable          22      8     12      3      2
Hvn't hrd enough     58     89     75     97     93
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Corrine Brown favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Aug 19  Jun 10
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable             8      10%
Unfavorable          10      10
Hvn't hrd enough     81      80
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Marco Rubio, favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            15%    24%     6%    18%    19%    12%    14%
Unfavorable           9      6     15      7     10      9      7
Hvn't hrd enough     74     69     78     73     70     78     78
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            18%    20%    13%    13%    13%
Unfavorable           7     10      9      9     12
Hvn't hrd enough     75     69     78     78     73
REFUSED               1      1      -      -      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Marco Rubio, favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio)
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2009*   2009*
 
Favorable            15      14      10      12      13
Unfavorable           9      11      11      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     74      73      78      69      69
REFUSED               1       1       2       1       -
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            60%    68%    54%    61%    64%    57%    57%
Unfavorable          27     23     30     27     26     28     31
Hvn't hrd enough      9      6     13      7      7     11      8
REFUSED               3      2      4      4      3      4      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            63%    68%    52%    66%    58%
Unfavorable          28     20     34     21     28
Hvn't hrd enough      7      8     11      7     11
REFUSED               2      5      3      6      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 19  Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            60      60      64      68      67      65
Unfavorable          27      28      22      21      21      22
Hvn't hrd enough      9       9      10       9      10      10
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       2       2
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Bill McCollum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            42%    61%    26%    44%    48%    36%    59%
Unfavorable          13      5     23     12     15     12     11
Hvn't hrd enough     43     34     49     41     36     49     29
REFUSED               2      -      2      3      1      2      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            48%    45%    46%    33%    35%
Unfavorable          10     13     19     12     11
Hvn't hrd enough     40     40     33     52     52
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Bill McCollum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Attorney General Bill McCollum)
                     Aug 19  Jun 9   Jan 21
                     2009    2009    2009*
 
Favorable            42      40      40
Unfavorable          13      13      14
Hvn't hrd enough     43      46      44
REFUSED               2       2       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Alex Sink favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            23%    13%    36%    21%    25%    21%    17%
Unfavorable           8     12      2     10     10      5     12
Hvn't hrd enough     68     73     61     68     64     72     69
REFUSED               1      2      1      2      1      2      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            23%    32%    20%    15%    23%
Unfavorable           7     10      9      7      6
Hvn't hrd enough     69     58     69     77     70
REFUSED               1      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Alex Sink favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her? (*Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink)
                     Aug 19  Jun 9   Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009*   2008*
 
Favorable            23      25      24      27
Unfavorable           8       7       5      13
Hvn't hrd enough     68      66      70      59
REFUSED               1       1       1       1
 
 
11. (If registered Republican) Which is more important to you when you decide how to vote in the Republican primary for the United States Senate - the candidate's ideas or the candidate's experience?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Ideas                62%    67%    57%
Experience           30     23     37
DK/NA                 8      9      6
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) Which is more important to you when you decide how to vote in the Republican primary for the United States Senate - the candidate's ideas or the candidate's experience?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Aug 19  Jun 10
                     2009    2009
 
Ideas                62      56
Experience           30      36
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
12. (If registered Republican) Which is more important to you when you decide how to vote in the Republican primary for the United States Senate - the candidate's ability to win the general election or the candidate's views on the issues?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Ability to win        4%     6%     2%
Views on the issues  93     91     95
DK/NA                 3      3      3
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) Which is more important to you when you decide how to vote in the Republican primary for the United States Senate - the candidate's ability to win the general election or the candidate's views on the issues?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Aug 19  Jun 10
                     2009    2009
 
Ability to win        4       9
Views on issues      93      89
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charlie Crist is handling his job as governor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              60%    66%    54%    63%    64%    56%    57%
Disapprove           30     28     35     27     29     31     38
DK/NA                 9      5     11     10      7     12      5
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              59%    68%    53%    72%    59%
Disapprove           29     25     38     21     31
DK/NA                12      7      9      7     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charlie Crist is handling his job as governor? (*also high 73% Mar 2007)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS....
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 15  Feb 18  Jul 19  Apr 10  Aug 19
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2007*   2008    2009
 
Approve              60      62      66      67      73      59      60
Disapprove           30      28      23      22      11      25      30
DK/NA                 9      10      11      11      16      15       9
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              34%    44%    27%    33%    35%    34%    37%
Disapprove           47     39     52     53     50     45     46
DK/NA                18     17     21     13     15     22     18
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              38%    41%    33%    32%    29%
Disapprove           41     44     51     38     54
DK/NA                21     15     16     30     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Sep 23  Apr 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2004    2008
 
Approve              34      35      40      37      40      51      32
Disapprove           47      45      42      42      42      34      48
DK/NA                18      20      18      21      18      15      20
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              47%    42%    58%    42%    47%    47%    38%
Disapprove           28     33     18     31     35     20     41
DK/NA                25     25     25     27     18     32     21
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              44%    51%    51%    41%    44%
Disapprove           31     30     27     32     22
DK/NA                25     19     21     27     34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS....
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Aug 19  Jun 10  Apr 16  Feb 19  Feb 6   Aug 12  Aug 19
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2004    2009
 
Approve              47      49      52      48      54      42      47
Disapprove           28      22      24      22      18      18      28
DK/NA                25      28      24      30      28      40      25
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mel Martinez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              37%    45%    33%    36%    39%    36%    41%
Disapprove           39     33     41     41     42     35     35
DK/NA                24     22     26     22     19     29     24
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              42%    36%    38%    33%    36%
Disapprove           28     43     42     42     38
DK/NA                30     21     20     25     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mel Martinez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS....
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Aug 19  Jun 9   Apr 16  Feb 19  Feb 6   Oct 24  Aug 19
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2007    2009
 
Approve              37      43      42      43      48      35      37
Disapprove           39      31      35      31      22      34      39
DK/NA                24      27      23      26      29      31      24
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill McCollum is handling his job as Florida Attorney General?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              53%    66%    43%    52%    58%    47%    58%
Disapprove           16      7     26     15     17     15     14
DK/NA                31     27     31     33     25     37     28
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              55%    62%    58%    46%    42%
Disapprove           13     16     19     11     18
DK/NA                32     22     23     43     40
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill McCollum is handling his job as Florida Attorney General?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 19  Jun 9   Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Aug 19  Oct 24
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2007
 
Approve              53      51      48      48      51      53      44
Disapprove           16      16      18      17      16      16      17
DK/NA                31      33      34      35      33      31      39
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alex Sink is handling her job as Florida's chief financial officer?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              37%    31%    45%    36%    42%    33%    34%
Disapprove           21     20     20     21     20     22     24
DK/NA                42     49     34     43     38     45     42
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              42%    45%    43%    31%    25%
Disapprove           17     23     22      9     25
DK/NA                41     33     35     60     49
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alex Sink is handling her job as Florida's chief financial officer?(*Also high 39% Feb 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 19  Jun 9   Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Jun 9   Feb 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2009
 
Approve              37      39      33      32      39      39      32
Disapprove           21      17      22      22      18      17      22
DK/NA                42      44      46      46      42      44      46
 
 
22. Florida has had Republican governors since 1998. Do you think Republican rule has been good for the state or bad for the state?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good                 52%    89%    17%    53%    54%    49%    73%
Bad                  35      5     69     29     30     39     17
DK/NA                14      6     14     19     16     12     10
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Good                 57%    54%    54%    59%    41%
Bad                  30     34     28     28     46
DK/NA                13     11     18     13     13
 
TREND: Florida has had Republican governors since 1998. Do you think Republican rule has been good for the state or bad for the state?
                     Aug 19  Jun 9
                     2009    2009
 
Good                 52      50
Bad                  35      37
DK/NA                14      14
 
 
23. If Alex Sink is elected Florida's governor she would be Florida's first woman governor. Does this make you more likely to vote for her, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
More likely          10%     1%    19%     8%     7%    13%     7%
Less likely           3      6      2      3      3      4     10
Doesn't make diff    84     90     77     86     88     80     80
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      2      3      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
More likely           5%    10%    12%     8%    12%
Less likely           4      2      6      2      2
Doesn't make diff    88     85     79     89     85
DK/NA                 2      4      3      1      2
 
TREND: If Alex Sink is elected Florida's governor she would be Florida's first woman governor. Does this make you more likely to vote for her, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Aug 19  Jun 9
                     2009    2009
 
More likely          10      11
Less likely           3       3
Doesn't make diff    84      81
DK/NA                 2       5
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of Mel Martinez's decision to retire from the United States Senate?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              52%    46%    56%    54%    54%    50%    52%
Disapprove           23     33     17     24     25     21     24
DK/NA                24     22     27     21     20     28     24
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              46%    57%    54%    44%    54%
Disapprove           23     24     27     19     22
DK/NA                30     19     19     37     24