June 9, 2010 - Crist Edges Rubio In 3-Way Florida Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Oppose Offshore Drilling In 48-Point Swing

Word format

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent, edges Republican Marco Rubio 37 - 33 percent in the U.S. Senate race, with 17 percent for Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. If Jeff Greene gets the Democratic nod, Crist tops Rubio 40 - 33 percent with 14 percent for Greene.

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Florida voters oppose 51 - 42 percent increasing the amount of offshore oil drilling, a 48-point swing from the 66 - 27 percent support for drilling in an April 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

President Barack Obama's job approval is a negative 40 - 54 percent, his lowest point ever in Florida and down from a 50 - 45 percent approval April 19, right after his call for increased offshore drilling.

Two Republicans, State Attorney General Bill McCollum and health care executive Rick Scott, lead Democrat Alex Sink 42 - 34 percent and 42 - 32 percent respectively in the race for Governor. A three-way race including independent Bud Chiles scrambles the race considerably. But a three-way gubernatorial race was tested only after Chiles announced his independent candidacy and has a larger sampling error than the rest of the poll.

"Gov. Charlie Crist leads Marco Rubio by a nose in the Senate race. Obviously there is a long time until November, but the Governor is doing very well among independent voters, almost as well among Democrats as Meek, and better among Democrats than Greene," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "With Rubio getting two-thirds of the Republican vote, the fate of Gov. Crist, who switched from a Republican to independent six weeks ago, depends heavily on his ability to appeal to Democratic voters."

"Clearly, the gulf oil spill has changed the way Floridians view offshore drilling and almost certainly is responsible for the drop in President Obama's approval rating," said Brown. "Voters disapprove 54 - 37 percent of the way Obama is handling the spill."

In a three way race with Meek, Crist gets 28 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents. Against Rubio and Greene, Crist gets 28 percent of Republicans, 46 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents. By contrast, Rubio gets just 7 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents in the Meek matchup and 6 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independents with Greene in the race.

"Gov. Crist's candidacy still benefits from a substantial name recognition advantage. While only 11 percent of voters say they don't know enough about Crist to have an opinion, for Rubio that number is 34 percent. And more than 69 percent don't know enough about Meek or Greene to have formed a view. Since Crist's chance of victory depends on a substantial showing among Democrats, the question is whether he'll retain his current share among them once the eventual Democratic nominee becomes better known," said Brown.

With Chiles on the ballot, McCollum leads in the governor's race, with 33 percent to 25 percent for Sink and 19 percent for Chiles. If Scott is the GOP nominee, he gets 35 percent with Sink at 26 percent and Chiles at 13 percent.

McCollum is the best known candidate for governor with only 32 percent of voters not knowing enough about him to have an opinion, compared to 56 percent for Sink, 46 percent for Scott and 81 percent for Chiles, son of former Governor and Senator Lawton Chiles.

"The governor's race was close even before Chiles entered it. But now, it's a whole new and even closer ballgame. The dynamics of a three-way race will force the Republican and Democratic candidates to reconsider their strategies," said Brown. "Ms. Sink remains relatively unknown after four years as Florida's chief financial officer. Scott, a political unknown until his multi-million dollar TV ad buys, is actually better known than she at this point."

From June 1 - 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,133 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. For the Chiles matchups, there were 435 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percent.

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, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. 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%     8%    72%    33%    31%    35%    14%
McCollum             42     77      8     40     45     40     69
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      2      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      5      3      3      2
DK/NA                19     11     19     21     18     20     12
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Sink                 33%    35%    24%    26%    43%
McCollum             42     36     54     46     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      1      4      4
DK/NA                19     22     18     22     18
 
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?
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jun 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
Sink                 34      36      31      32      34      38
McCollum             42      40      41      36      38      34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       -       2       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                19      21      25      27      25      25
 
 
2. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Alex Sink the Democrat and Rick Scott the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Sink                 32%     4%    69%    34%    28%    36%    13%
Scott                42     81      8     35     48     38     70
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      3      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      4      3      2      1
DK/NA                21     11     20     24     19     23     14
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Sink                 32%    31%    22%    28%    46%
Scott                46     39     50     48     34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      3      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      1      2
DK/NA                19     27     23     21     17
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Alex Sink the Democrat, Rick Scott the Republican and Bud Chiles running as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Sink                 26%     6%    64%    19%    22%    29%     5%
Scott                35     73      7     26     39     31     64
Chiles               13      7     11     20     15     12     13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      1      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      5      1      3      2
DK/NA                23     14     16     29     22     25     15
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Alex Sink the Democrat, Bill McCollum the Republican and Bud Chiles running as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Sink                 25%     9%    56%    19%    23%    26%     9%
McCollum             33     67      6     29     36     31     54
Chiles               19     12     16     24     19     18     17
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      -      1      1      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      6      3      3      2
DK/NA                19      8     19     22     17     21     13
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kendrick Meek the Democrat, Marco Rubio the Republican, and Charlie Crist running as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Meek                 17%     2%    44%    10%    13%    20%     7%
Rubio                33     64      7     26     39     29     55
Crist                37     28     37     51     36     38     29
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      1      1      1      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      2      2      1      -
DK/NA                11      6     11     10      9     12      7
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Meek                 15%    12%    13%     9%    27%
Rubio                37     31     41     37     25
Crist                35     39     34     40     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      1      -      1
DK/NA                13     14     10     14      7
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kendrick Meek the Democrat, Marco Rubio the Republican, and Charlie Crist running as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?
                     Jun 9   Apr 15
                     2010    2010
Meek                 17      24
Rubio                33      30
Crist                37      32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                11      13
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jeff Greene the Democrat, Marco Rubio the Republican, and Charlie Crist running as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Greene               14%     2%    35%    10%    13%    16%     8%
Rubio                33     66      6     25     36     31     56
Crist                40     28     46     51     39     40     29
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                11      4     11     12     10     12      5
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Greene               13%    11%    14%    12%    19%
Rubio                34     33     40     38     25
Crist                39     36     34     43     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      -      -      1
DK/NA                11     16     11      7      9
 
 
7. 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            17%     5%    34%    16%    16%    17%     6%
Unfavorable          13     21      6     11     18      8     18
Hvn't hrd enough     69     72     59     72     63     74     75
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Kendrick Meek favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Aug 19  Oct 21  Apr 16
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
Favorable            17      18      18      20      14      20      11
Unfavorable          13       8       8       8       5       8       6
Hvn't hrd enough     69      73      72      71      80      71      82
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Jeff Greene favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Favorable            11%     4%    16%    15%    10%    12%     7%
Unfavorable          11     13     11      8     14      8     12
Hvn't hrd enough     77     81     73     77     75     78     79
REFUSED               1      2      -      -      1      1      3
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Maurice Ferre favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Favorable             8%     5%    14%     7%     9%     8%     6%
Unfavorable           6      8      7      4      8      4      4
Hvn't hrd enough     84     85     79     88     81     87     89
REFUSED               2      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
 
10. 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            36%    63%     8%    31%    44%    29%    53%
Unfavorable          28     11     47     30     29     26     17
Hvn't hrd enough     34     25     43     37     25     42     28
REFUSED               2      1      2      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Marco Rubio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 36% Apr 2010)
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jun 9   Apr 16
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010    2009
Favorable            36      36      32      24      15      36      10
Unfavorable          28      22      14      11       9      28      11
Hvn't hrd enough     34      41      53      64      74      34      78
REFUSED               2       1       1       1       1       2       2
 
 
11. 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            52%    44%    55%    59%    53%    52%    40%
Unfavorable          33     44     28     29     37     30     50
Hvn't hrd enough     11      9     12     10      8     14      9
REFUSED               3      3      5      1      3      4      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Aug 19  Feb 19  Apr 15
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010
Favorable            52      48      52      58      60      68      48
Unfavorable          33      35      36      30      27      21      35
Hvn't hrd enough     11      13       8      10       9       9      13
REFUSED               3       3       3       2       3       3       3
 
 
12. 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            37%    50%    18%    38%    40%    33%    47%
Unfavorable          29     22     39     31     33     25     25
Hvn't hrd enough     32     26     42     28     25     39     25
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      2      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bill McCollum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Attorney General Bill McCollum)
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jun 9   Jan 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009*
Favorable            37      38      35      34      42      40      40
Unfavorable          29      18      15      14      13      13      14
Hvn't hrd enough     32      41      48      50      43      46      44
REFUSED               2       2       2       2       2       2       1
 
 
13. 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            28%    14%    45%    33%    30%    27%    16%
Unfavorable          14     23      6     13     20      9     20
Hvn't hrd enough     56     61     47     53     48     62     61
REFUSED               2      2      1      1      3      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Alex Sink favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jun 9   Apr 19
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010    2010
Favorable            28      22      24      23      23      28      22
Unfavorable          14      15       8       8       8      14      15
Hvn't hrd enough     56      61      68      68      68      56      61
REFUSED               2       2       1       1       1       2       2
 
 
14. Is your opinion of - Rick Scott favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Favorable            31%    54%    10%    29%    34%    28%    46%
Unfavorable          22     12     39     22     22     22     16
Hvn't hrd enough     46     34     51     48     42     49     37
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      2      1      -
 
 
15. Is your opinion of - Bud Chiles favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Favorable            10%     5%    16%     9%    10%    10%     9%
Unfavorable           7      7      7      7      9      5      7
Hvn't hrd enough     81     86     74     82     79     83     82
REFUSED               2      2      2      1      3      2      2
 
 
16. 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              57%    49%    61%    62%    55%    58%    46%
Disapprove           35     44     31     33     39     31     48
DK/NA                 8      7      8      5      6     11      5
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              55%    54%    48%    60%    66%
Disapprove           38     34     43     33     27
DK/NA                 7     12      9      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charlie Crist is handling his job as Governor? (*High approve also 73% Mar 2007)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS....
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Jul 19  Apr 15  Apr 15
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2007*   2010    2010
Approve              57      49      50      59      73      49      49
Disapprove           35      39      38      31      11      39      39
DK/NA                 8      12      12      11      16      12      12
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              30%    35%    26%    30%    34%    26%    32%
Disapprove           53     48     56     55     54     52     55
DK/NA                18     17     18     15     12     22     13
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              28%    23%    29%    37%    35%
Disapprove           56     58     54     46     48
DK/NA                16     19     17     18     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 26  Oct 21  Sep 23  Jun 9   Jun 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2004    2010    2010
Approve              30      32      36      32      51      30      30
Disapprove           53      51      46      47      34      53      53
DK/NA                18      17      18      21      15      18      18
 
 
18. 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%    33%    61%    53%    48%    46%    42%
Disapprove           31     49     13     30     37     26     42
DK/NA                22     18     26     17     15     28     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High Dis also 31% Oct 2009)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS....
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Feb 6   Aug 12  Jun 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2007    2004    2010
Approve              47      43      46      45      54      42      47
Disapprove           31      30      29      31      18      18      31
DK/NA                22      26      25      24      28      40      22
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George LeMieux is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              21%    22%    18%    24%    24%    18%    18%
Disapprove           25     30     23     24     28     23     29
DK/NA                54     48     60     53     48     60     53
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George LeMieux is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              21      20      21      16
Disapprove           25      21      21      18
DK/NA                54      59      58      66
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill McCollum is handling his job as Florida's Attorney General?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              50%    61%    38%    51%    53%    47%    57%
Disapprove           28     25     35     30     31     26     24
DK/NA                22     15     27     19     16     26     18
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              52%    46%    58%    45%    47%
Disapprove           31     29     28     23     28
DK/NA                18     25     14     32     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill McCollum is handling his job as Florida's Attorney General?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jan 27  Oct 24
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010    2007
Approve              50      51      56      53      53      56      44
Disapprove           28      25      20      19      16      20      17
DK/NA                22      24      24      27      31      24      39
 
 
21. 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              42%    30%    58%    42%    43%    40%    33%
Disapprove           25     36     15     25     27     23     32
DK/NA                33     34     27     33     30     37     35
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              41%    45%    36%    38%    46%
Disapprove           25     28     30     23     19
DK/NA                34     26     35     39     36
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alex Sink is handling her job as Florida's Chief Financial Officer?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jun 9   Feb 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010    2009
Approve              42      39      39      38      37      42      32
Disapprove           25      26      22      23      21      25      22
DK/NA                33      35      40      39      42      33      46
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              40%     6%    81%    43%    38%    42%    14%
Disapprove           54     91     14     50     58     50     81
DK/NA                 6      3      6      6      3      8      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 26  Oct 21  Aug 20  Feb 19  Jun 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010
Approve              40      50      45      48      47      64      40
Disapprove           54      45      49      46      48      23      54
DK/NA                 6       5       6       6       5      13       6
 
 
23. Do you think that most public officials make decisions based on principle and what they think is right, or do so based on what they think is popular at the time?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
What's right         15%    15%    22%    13%    15%    16%    13%
What's popular       74     78     68     74     73     75     80
DK/NA                11      7     10     12     12     10      7
 
TREND: Do you think that most public officials make decisions based on principle and what they think is right, or do so based on what they think is popular at the time?
                     Jun 9   Oct 10  Jun 6
                     2010    2007    2007
What's right         15      18      19
What's popular       74      72      69
DK/NA                11      11      11
 
 
24. Whether you personally agree with him or not, do you believe Governor Charlie Crist makes decisions based on principle and what he thinks is right, or does he make decisions based on what he thinks is popular at the time?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
What's right         43%    39%    47%    46%    41%    45%    35%
What's popular       48     55     44     47     52     45     58
DK/NA                 8      7      9      7      7     10      7
 
TREND: Whether you personally agree with him or not, do you believe Governor Charlie Crist makes decisions based on principle and what he thinks is right, or does he make decisions based on what he thinks is popular at the time?
                     Jun 9   Jun 6
                     2010    2007
What's right         43      60
What's popular       48      25
DK/NA                 8      15
 
 
25. Whether you personally agree with him or not, do you believe former House Speaker Marco Rubio makes decisions based on principle and what he thinks is right, or does he make decisions based on what he thinks is popular at the time?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
What's right         33%    52%    22%    30%    38%    29%    44%
What's popular       42     28     54     47     42     43     33
DK/NA                24     20     25     24     20     28     23
 
 
26. Whether you personally agree with him or not, do you believe Congressman Kendrick Meek makes decisions based on principle and what he thinks is right, or does he make decisions based on what he thinks is popular at the time?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
What's right         20%    15%    35%    16%    20%    19%    13%
What's popular       36     38     25     40     41     31     37
DK/NA                45     47     40     43     40     49     50
 
 
27. As you may know, Charlie Crist dropped out of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate to run as an independent. Which statement about the Governor best represents your view - A) Charlie Crist left the Republican Party because he no longer agreed with the party's core beliefs or B) Charlie Crist left the Republican Party because he thought he could not win the nomination?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
A) No longer agreed  32%    20%    41%    37%    28%    35%    19%
B)Could not win nom  60     76     48     57     64     56     72
DK/NA                 8      5     11      6      8      9      9
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              34%     4%    66%    41%    32%    36%    13%
Disapprove           56     90     22     51     61     52     81
DK/NA                10      6     12      8      7     12      6
 
 
34. In general, do you support or oppose the United States increasing the amount of drilling for oil and natural gas in offshore waters?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Support              42%    61%    20%    41%    52%    33%    53%
Oppose               51     33     71     55     44     58     41
DK/NA                 6      6      9      4      4      9      6
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Support              45%    43%    50%    41%    33%
Oppose               50     50     45     45     61
DK/NA                 5      8      5     14      6
 
TREND: In general, do you support or oppose the United States increasing the amount of drilling for oil and natural gas in offshore waters?
                     Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27
                     2010    2010    2010
Support              42      66      63
Oppose               51      27      33
DK/NA                 6       8       4
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              37%    15%    67%    38%    38%    37%    22%
Disapprove           54     82     25     51     57     52     70
DK/NA                 8      3      8     10      5     11      8
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              32%    43%    29%    32%    46%
Disapprove           58     46     64     62     46
DK/NA                11     10      7      5      8
 
 
36. Does the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico make you less likely to support drilling for new oil supplies in currently protected areas off shore or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Yes                  55%    38%    66%    62%    48%    60%    46%
No                   41     58     29     36     48     35     50
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      4      5      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Yes                  56%    55%    50%    45%    61%
No                   39     37     48     50     36
DK/NA                 5      8      2      5      4