December 8, 2004 - Except For Lines, Florida Vote Was Trouble-Free, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Football Fans Say Bowden Should Stay At FSU
While many Florida voters say they waited in line on election day 30 minutes or longer, 93 percent say they had no other problems casting their ballot, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

At total of 75 percent of voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" their vote was counted correctly, with 11 percent who are "not too confident" and 10 percent who are "not at all" confident the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. While 95 percent of Republicans are very or somewhat confident, only 58 percent of Democrats are confident.

Of the 57 percent of Florida voters who waited in line on election day:
  • 21 percent say they waited less than 15 minutes;
  • 22 percent say 15 to 29 minutes;
  • 25 percent say 30 to 59 minutes;
  • 21 percent say one hour to two hours;
  • 11 percent say two hours or more.
"Except for some long lines, voters were happy about the election process this year. The fact that three out of four voters were very or somewhat confident their vote was counted shows a lot has changed in four years," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Florida Football

Twenty percent of Florida residents, including 27 percent of men and 15 percent of women, are "very interested" in college football, with 25 percent who are "somewhat interested," and 54 percent, including 61 percent of women, who are "not interested."

Football fans say 47 - 35 percent that the University of Florida should not have hired Steve Spurrier to coach the Gators.

These same fans say 52 - 35 percent that Bobby Bowden should not retire as head coach at Florida State. And fans say 45 - 30 percent that Bowden should not fire his son, Jeff, as offensive coordinator.

"Florida football fans don't seem to be losing any sleep over the fact Steve Spurrier chose the Gamecocks over the Gators when he returned from his short and disappointing bout as an NFL coach," Richards said. "Most fans want Bobby Bowden to keep going at Florida State and a plurality accept his son as part of the package."

From November 30 - December 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,197 Florida residents with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. The survey includes 1,039 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, and 576 college football fans voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the nation as a public service and for research. For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

24. How interested are you in following college football -- very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?

                        All Adults..........
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Very interested 20% 27% 15% Somewhat interested 25 26 24 Not Interested 54 46 61 DK/NA 1 1 -



25. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' q24) Do you think the University of Florida should have hired Steve Spurrier to coach the Gators or not?

                        College Football fans q24
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Yes/Should have 35% 36% 33% No/Should not have 47 51 41 DK/NA 18 13 25



26. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' q24) Do you think Bobby Bowden should retire as head coach at Florida State or not?

                        College Football fans q24
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Yes/Should retire 35% 37% 32% No/Should not 52 53 52 DK/NA 13 10 16



27. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' q24) Do you think Bobby Bowden should fire his son Jeff as offensive coordinator at Florida State or not?

                        College Football fans q24
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Yes/Should fire 30% 29% 30% No/Should not fire 45 48 42 DK/NA 25 23 28



28. Did you vote for President in 2004, did something prevent you from voting, or did you choose not to vote for President in 2004?

                        Registered Voters..........................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Voted 93% 95% 92% 93% 96% 90% Didn't vote 6 4 8 7 3 9 INELIGIBLE(VOL) 1 1 1 - 1 1 DK/NA - - - - - -



30. (If voted q28/q29) Did you vote on election day, or did you vote by absentee ballot, or did you vote by going to an early voting location?

                        Voters 2004................................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


On Election day 63% 63% 66% 63% 62% 65% Absentee ballot 14 18 12 12 11 17 Early voting location 22 19 22 25 27 18 REFUSED - - - - - -



31. (If voted election day or early voting location q30) Did you have to wait in line at your polling place or not?

                        Voted at voting booth......................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 57% 56% 59% 56% 56% 58% No 43 44 41 44 44 42 DK/NA - - - - - -



32. (If waited q31) How long did you wait to vote?

                        Waited on line to vote.....................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Under 15 minutes 21% 22% 17% 24% 23% 19% 15-29 minutes 22 19 19 30 22 22 30-59 minutes 25 29 25 17 25 25 1hr to under 2hrs 21 23 21 18 18 23 2 hrs or more 11 6 15 10 13 9 DK/NA 1 - 2 - - 1



33. (If voted election day or early voting location q30) Other than waiting in line, did you have any other problems or difficulties voting this year, or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 7% 3% 8% 8% 3% 10% No 93 97 92 91 97 90 DK/NA - - - - - -



35. (If voted q28/q29) How confident are you that your vote in the 2004 presidential election in Florida was counted correctly - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?

                        Voters 2004................................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very confident 53% 79% 31% 49% 58% 49% Smwht confident 22 16 27 28 21 24 Not too confident 11 2 22 11 8 14 Not at all 10 2 16 10 10 10 DK/NA 3 2 5 2 3 3