July 30, 2010 - Crist On Top In 3-Way Florida Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Sink Tied With Either Republican In Govenor's Race

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads the three-way race for the U.S. Senate seat with 37 percent, followed by 32 percent for Republican Marco Rubio and 17 percent for Jeff Greene, the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. If U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek wins the Democratic primary, Crist's lead would be 39 percent to 33 percent for Rubio and 13 percent for Meek.

The three-way race for Governor is a squeaker between Democrat Alex Sink, the State Chief Financial Officer, and either of the Republican candidates, retired health care executive Rick Scott or Attorney General Bill McCollum, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. Scott gets 29 percent to Sink's 27 percent with independent Bud Chiles receiving 14 percent. If McCollum wins the GOP primary, he would get 27 percent to 26 percent for Sink and 14 percent for Chiles.

In the Senate race, Crist's lead is based on getting half the independent voters, about 20 percent of Republicans and about 40 percent of Democrats. His 53 - 37 percent voter approval of his job as Governor probably is a factor in his lead.

Crist's margin in the general election matchups compare to a 37 - 33 - 17 percent lead with Meek in the race and 40 - 33 - 14 percent with Greene running in a June 9 poll.

"There has been little movement in the Senate race over the past two months. Gov. Charlie Crist's small lead comes as neither Democrat breaks 20 percent in the trial heats. If that were to be the case in November, Gov. Crist would have a very good chance to win. But if the Democratic nominee can move into the mid-to-high 20s, Crist's chances decrease substantially," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Florida voters give Crist a 49 - 35 percent favorability rating with 13 percent who say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion. Rubio has a 35 - 24 percent favorability, with 38 percent who don't know enough about him. The "don't know enough" score for Meek and Green is 64 percent each.

"At this point, Crist's edge is in name identification. When those numbers even out, as they will to a large degree, we'll have a better picture of how the race stands," Brown said.

The dead heat in the governor's race stems largely from a drop in the numbers for Scott and McCollum as they bombard each other with negative television ads. In June, registered voters gave McCollum a 37 - 29 percent favorable rating. Now it is 43 - 27 percent unfavorable. Scott's rating has gone from 31 - 22 percent favorable to a 29 - 30 percent split during the same period.

Sink gets a 25 - 15 percent favorability, with 58 percent who don't know enough about her to form an opinion, little changed from June 9.

"When candidates throw mud at each other, they can't avoid being splattered also. That is what has been happening and the beneficiary of the millions spent on negative ads Attorney General Bill McCollum and Rick Scott have been airing at this point is State CFO Alex Sink. Whether that will remain the case once the Republican nomination is settled we'll see," said Brown. "Chiles remains in the mid-teens, and a factor in the November election."

President Barack Obama's job approval remains underwater in Florida, with a negative 46 - 50 percent. That is an improvement from his negative 40 - 54 percent approval rating in Quinnipiac University's June 9 poll.

Florida voters support 62 - 34 percent the idea of a state constitutional amendment to ban drilling within 10 miles of the Florida coast and say 72 - 24 percent they want a referendum on the ballot on that question.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson gets a 46 - 30 percent job approval rating, while voters disapprove 25 - 21 percent of the job Sen. George LeMieux is doing.

From July 22 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 969 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 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 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                 26%     4%    57%    22%    29%    23%    11%
McCollum             27     61      5     21     30     25     43
Chiles               14     13     13     15     14     13     12
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      -      3      3      2      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      1      5      4      3      8
DK/NA                27     16     23     34     20     33     23
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Sink                 22%    23%    22%    17%    38%
McCollum             25     27     30     46     19
Chiles               12     19     17      9      9
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      5      5      1
DK/NA                35     24     25     22     29
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Sink                 26      25
McCollum             27      33
Chiles               14      19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                27      19
 
 
2. 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                 27%     4%    61%    20%    31%    24%     9%
Scott                29     64      4     25     35     24     46
Chiles               14     12     14     17     15     13     13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      2      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      1      4      2      3      4
DK/NA                26     16     20     32     16     33     26
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Sink                 24%    23%    23%    20%    38%
Scott                32     29     26     44     23
Chiles               11     17     21     10      8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      -      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      3      5      2
DK/NA                29     25     26     19     27
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Sink                 27      26
Scott                29      35
Chiles               14      13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2
DK/NA                26      23
 
 
3. 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                 13%     -     33%     8%    13%    13%     3%
Rubio                33     69      7     28     38     29     46
Crist                39     23     42     50     40     37     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      -      1      -
DK/NA                14      8     17     11      7     19     11
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Meek                 18%     6%    12%     5%    18%
Rubio                41     35     29     41     27
Crist                26     47     39     44     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      1      -
DK/NA                14     10     18      9     15
 
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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15
                     2010    2010    2010
Meek                 13      17      24
Rubio                33      33      30
Crist                39      37      32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1
DK/NA                14      11      13
 
 
4. 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               17%     5%    39%    12%    17%    18%     8%
Rubio                32     68      7     27     36     29     47
Crist                37     19     41     51     38     37     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                12      8     12     10      8     16      8
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Greene               19%    10%    19%    10%    24%
Rubio                38     35     28     43     26
Crist                27     44     36     37     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      -      1      2
DK/NA                16      9     16      9      9
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Greene               17      14
Rubio                32      33
Crist                37      40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                12      11
 
 
5. 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%    35%    14%    20%    15%     6%
Unfavorable          17     23     10     18     23     12     20
Hvn't hrd enough     64     71     53     67     56     71     74
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Kendrick Meek favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Oct 21  Apr 16
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
Favorable            17      17      18      18      20      20      11
Unfavorable          17      13       8       8       8       8       6
Hvn't hrd enough     64      69      73      72      71      71      82
REFUSED               2       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
6. 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            20%    13%    28%    19%    21%    18%    14%
Unfavorable          15     22     10     15     17     13     15
Hvn't hrd enough     64     64     60     64     60     67     69
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Jeff Greene favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Favorable            20      11
Unfavorable          15      11
Hvn't hrd enough     64      77
REFUSED               2       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            35%    64%    11%    34%    40%    30%    45%
Unfavorable          24      7     42     26     30     20     14
Hvn't hrd enough     38     25     45     37     27     47     39
REFUSED               3      3      3      2      3      3      2
 
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
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Jun 9   Apr 16
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010*   2009
Favorable            35      36      36      32      24      36      10
Unfavorable          24      28      22      14      11      28      11
Hvn't hrd enough     38      34      41      53      64      34      78
REFUSED               3       2       1       1       1       2       2
 
 
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            49%    36%    58%    54%    49%    48%    44%
Unfavorable          35     57     20     31     38     33     47
Hvn't hrd enough     13      5     17     13     11     14      7
REFUSED               3      3      6      2      2      5      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21  Feb 19  Apr 15
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Favorable            49      52      48      52      58      68      48
Unfavorable          35      33      35      36      30      21      35
Hvn't hrd enough     13      11      13       8      10       9      13
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       2       3       3
 
 
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            27%    41%    18%    24%    28%    26%    36%
Unfavorable          43     39     47     45     46     41     43
Hvn't hrd enough     26     15     31     27     24     28     18
REFUSED               4      4      3      5      3      5      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bill McCollum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Aug 19  Jul 30
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Favorable            27      37      38      35      34      42      27
Unfavorable          43      29      18      15      14      13      43
Hvn't hrd enough     26      32      41      48      50      43      26
REFUSED               4       2       2       2       2       2       4
 
 
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            25%    14%    38%    24%    25%    25%    12%
Unfavorable          15     24      6     15     20     10     21
Hvn't hrd enough     58     59     53     59     53     62     66
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Alex Sink favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Jun 9   Apr 19
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2010
Favorable            25      28      22      24      23      28      22
Unfavorable          15      14      15       8       8      14      15
Hvn't hrd enough     58      56      61      68      68      56      61
REFUSED               2       2       2       1       1       2       2
 
 
11. 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            29%    50%    12%    28%    33%    26%    38%
Unfavorable          30     22     36     35     34     27     24
Hvn't hrd enough     38     27     49     34     31     44     35
REFUSED               2      1      4      2      2      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rick Scott favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Favorable            29      31
Unfavorable          30      22
Hvn't hrd enough     38      46
REFUSED               2       1
 
 
12. 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            15%    13%    14%    16%    15%    15%    13%
Unfavorable          10     16      9      8     11      9      7
Hvn't hrd enough     73     69     75     75     73     73     78
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      1      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bud Chiles favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Favorable            15      10
Unfavorable          10       7
Hvn't hrd enough     73      81
REFUSED               2       2
 
 
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              53%    38%    65%    59%    54%    52%    46%
Disapprove           37     57     23     30     40     34     48
DK/NA                10      5     11     11      5     14      6
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              43%    61%    50%    55%    55%
Disapprove           52     28     38     35     32
DK/NA                 5     11     12      9     13
 
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
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Jul 19  Apr 15  Apr 15
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2007*   2010    2010
Approve              53      57      49      50      73      49      49
Disapprove           37      35      39      38      11      39      39
DK/NA                10       8      12      12      16      12      12
 
 
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              30%    36%    29%    27%    34%    27%    26%
Disapprove           54     52     50     59     54     53     57
DK/NA                17     12     21     14     12     20     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*Low also 30% Jun 2010)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 26  Sep 23  Jul 30  Jul 30
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2004    2010*   2010
Approve              30      30      32      36      51      30      30
Disapprove           54      53      51      46      34      54      54
DK/NA                17      18      17      18      15      17      17
 
 
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              46%    41%    59%    44%    48%    45%    38%
Disapprove           30     39     15     35     34     27     39
DK/NA                24     20     26     20     18     28     23
 
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
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Feb 6   Aug 12  Jun 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2007    2004    2010
Approve              46      47      43      46      54      42      47
Disapprove           30      31      30      29      18      18      31
DK/NA                24      22      26      25      28      40      22
 
 
16. 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%    24%    17%    19%    23%    19%    20%
Disapprove           25     23     27     28     32     20     20
DK/NA                54     53     56     53     45     62     61
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George LeMieux is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 15  Jan 26  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              21      21      20      21      16
Disapprove           25      25      21      21      18
DK/NA                54      54      59      58      66
 
 
17. 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              43%    52%    35%    44%    45%    42%    49%
Disapprove           39     37     40     40     39     39     37
DK/NA                18     12     25     16     15     20     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill McCollum is handling his job as Florida's Attorney General?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Jan 27  Jul 30
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2010
Approve              43      50      51      56      53      56      43
Disapprove           39      28      25      20      19      20      39
DK/NA                18      22      24      24      27      24      18
 
 
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              41%    38%    51%    39%    45%    37%    31%
Disapprove           23     28     15     28     25     22     30
DK/NA                36     34     34     33     29     41     39
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alex Sink is handling her job as Florida's Chief Financial Officer?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27  Oct 21  Jun 9   Feb 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2009
Approve              41      42      39      39      38      42      32
Disapprove           23      25      26      22      23      25      22
DK/NA                36      33      35      40      39      33      46
 
 
19. 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              46%    10%    84%    43%    49%    44%    21%
Disapprove           50     88     13     51     48     51     77
DK/NA                 4      2      3      6      4      5      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 26  Oct 21  Feb 19  Jun 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Approve              46      40      50      45      48      64      40
Disapprove           50      54      45      49      46      23      54
DK/NA                 4       6       5       6       6      13       6
 
 
20. 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         16%    13%    22%    12%    14%    17%    14%
What's popular       74     80     70     76     75     73     77
DK/NA                11      7      9     12     11     10      9
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
What's right         12%    15%    14%    12%    21%
What's popular       76     74     74     76     70
DK/NA                11     11     12     12      8
 
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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Oct 10  Jun 6
                     2010    2010    2007    2007
What's right         16      15      18      19
What's popular       74      74      72      69
DK/NA                11      11      11      11
 
 
21. 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         45%    36%    58%    45%    48%    43%    46%
What's popular       44     58     33     44     44     44     43
DK/NA                11      6      9     12      8     14     11
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
What's right         41%    47%    47%    43%    45%
What's popular       53     38     44     42     43
DK/NA                 6     16      9     15     12
 
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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Jun 6
                     2010    2010    2007
What's right         45      43      60
What's popular       44      48      25
DK/NA                11       8      15
 
 
22. 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         31%    54%    14%    29%    37%    28%    41%
What's popular       42     28     57     46     45     40     34
DK/NA                26     18     29     25     18     33     25
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
What's right         36%    34%    29%    42%    24%
What's popular       37     43     38     34     52
DK/NA                26     23     33     24     24
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
What's right         31      33
What's popular       42      42
DK/NA                26      24
 
 
23. 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         18%    12%    28%    18%    20%    17%    14%
What's popular       40     41     39     43     48     33     37
DK/NA                42     47     33     39     32     50     49
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
What's right         17%    18%    16%    11%    24%
What's popular       43     39     40     33     40
DK/NA                40     43     44     56     36
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
What's right         18      20
What's popular       40      36
DK/NA                42      45
 
 
24. 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
No longer agreed     37%    20%    49%    39%    35%    38%    36%
Could not win nom    55     75     42     53     58     53     54
DK/NA                 8      6      8      8      7      9     10
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
No longer agreed     28%    45%    39%    31%    36%
Could not win nom    64     46     51     64     56
DK/NA                 8      9     10      5      8
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
No longer agreed     37      32
Could not win nom    55      60
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Approve              36%    12%    67%    32%    40%    33%    21%
Disapprove           53     83     22     54     53     52     75
DK/NA                11      5     11     14      7     15      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              29%    31%    35%    26%    49%
Disapprove           61     62     49     66     38
DK/NA                10      7     16      7     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Approve              36      34
Disapprove           53      56
DK/NA                11      10
 
 
26. 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%    70%    22%    41%    51%    35%    58%
Oppose               51     26     71     52     45     56     38
DK/NA                 7      4      8      7      4      8      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Support              48%    45%    42%    61%    29%
Oppose               45     50     50     35     64
DK/NA                 6      5      8      5      7
 
TREND: In general, do you support or oppose the United States increasing the amount of drilling for oil and natural gas in offshore waters?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9   Apr 19  Jan 27
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
Support              42      42      66      63
Oppose               51      51      27      33
DK/NA                 7       6       8       4
 
 
27. Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state constitution that would ban offshore drilling within 10 miles of Florida's coast?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Support              62%    50%    79%    57%    57%    65%    48%
Oppose               34     46     17     40     40     29     48
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      3      6      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Support              60%    62%    62%    61%    63%
Oppose               36     36     34     34     32
DK/NA                 5      3      4      5      5
 
 
28. Do you think that there should or should not be a referendum in which the voters would decide whether to permanently ban oil drilling within 10 miles of Florida's coast?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Should be            72%    69%    76%    71%    68%    75%    72%
Should not be        24     28     18     26     29     20     23
DK/NA                 5      3      6      3      3      6      5
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Should be            70%    81%    70%    76%    65%
Should not be        25     17     25     22     28
DK/NA                 5      3      5      2      7
 
 
29. Some people say that there is no need for a constitutional amendment to ban oil drilling within 10 miles of Florida's coast because it is already against the law. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
Agree                48%    52%    46%    47%    53%    45%    44%
Disagree             39     35     41     43     36     41     39
DK/NA                13     14     13     10     11     15     16
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Agree                42%    49%    52%    45%    49%
Disagree             48     41     35     35     36
DK/NA                10     10     13     20     15
 
 
30. 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              44%    16%    73%    43%    43%    44%    31%
Disapprove           50     81     22     51     52     49     66
DK/NA                 6      3      5      6      4      7      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
Approve              37%    43%    46%    24%    55%
Disapprove           60     52     48     69     38
DK/NA                 4      5      6      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
                     Jul 30  Jun 9
                     2010    2010
Approve              44      37
Disapprove           50      54
DK/NA                 6       8