April 15, 2009 - Dems Like Florida Gov. Crist As Much As Republicans, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters 4-1 Reject Longer Terms For Lawmakers

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The lousy economy is having no impact on Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's sky-high job approval, which remains 66 - 23 percent positive, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Republican Crist's 66 - 20 percent approval among Democrats and 68 - 23 percent approval with independent voters is as good as his 68 - 25 percent score among Republicans.

Florida voters oppose 79 - 18 percent extending the current eight-year term limit on state senators and representatives to 12 years, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Opposition is strong among all political groups and throughout the state.

Voters split 43 - 45 percent on whether they prefer a general tax increase or a hike in fees such as drivers, marriage and fishing licenses, if state revenue must be raised. Both Democrats and Republicans prefer raising fees, 51- 40 percent and 46 - 42 percent respectively. Independent voters prefer raising taxes 47 - 40 percent.

While voters oppose cuts in Bright Futures scholarships, support is weakening.

By a 70 - 27 percent margin, voters favor raising the state's tax on cigarettes $1 a pack. Voters split 48 - 48 percent on whether this tax hike would be fair to smokers, but 55 percent say it would be "very effective" or "somewhat effective" in reducing smoking.

"There may be some GOP activists who think Gov. Charlie Crist isn't conservative enough, but they aren't striking a chord around the state," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Across America, an awful lot of governors are seeing their approval ratings dip as the recession requires higher taxes and cuts in government programs, but Teflon Charlie keeps chugging along with numbers that most of his fellow governors would die for."

"Gov. Crist's approval rating remains not just lofty but lofty across the board. In fact his disapproval among Republicans, although small, is worse than his disapproval from Democrats and independent voters. He is also the unusual politician who has no gender gap," said Brown.

"Voters like term limits and don't like the idea of career politicians."

Florida voters approve 68 - 28 percent a deal negotiated by Crist with the Seminole Tribe to run gambling casinos.

Voters oppose 65 - 24 percent cutting the state's Bright Futures scholarship program for college students as part of any effort to meet the state's budget deficit. But that margin is smaller than the 72 - 17 percent ratio when Quinnipiac University asked the same question in January. So too, the idea of raising the standards for the award, although voters oppose the idea 50 - 39 percent. The idea of means testing the award now gets a split decision with 45 percent supporting the idea and 48 percent opposing it, a change from 50 - 42 percent opposed in January.

Looking at two state leaders who are thought to be the leading candidates for Governor if Crist decides to pass on a second term and run for the U.S. Senate, Republican Attorney General Bill MCollum gets a 48 - 18 percent job approval rating, compared to 33 - 22 percent for Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

But if Crist chooses to run for re-election, voters say 58 - 28 percent that he deserves to be reelected. Even Democrats say 52 - 29 percent that Crist deserves another term. But in a hypothetical race matching Crist against an unnamed Democrat, Democrats stay with the party 54 - 24 percent.

From April 6 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,332 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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.

12. 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              66%    68%    66%    68%    68%    65%    66%
Disapprove           23     25     20     23     24     23     28
DK/NA                11      6     14      9      8     13      7
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              60%    70%    63%    77%    68%
Disapprove           31     19     24     15     22
DK/NA                 9     11     12      8     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charlie Crist is handling his job as Governor? (*also High 73% on 3/29/07)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18  Sep 8   Jul 19  Apr 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007*   2008
 
Approve              66      67      65      68      61      73      59
Disapprove           23      22      24      18      25      11      25
DK/NA                11      11      11      13      14      16      15
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              40%    48%    39%    37%    41%    39%    42%
Disapprove           42     36     44     46     45     39     37
DK/NA                18     16     17     18     13     22     20
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              43%    37%    37%    49%    41%
Disapprove           39     46     44     33     41
DK/NA                18     17     19     18     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18  Sep 8   Sep 23  Apr 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2004    2008
 
Approve              40      37      40      46      40      51      32
Disapprove           42      42      42      35      41      34      48
DK/NA                18      21      18      19      19      15      20
 
 
16. 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              48%    58%    41%    48%    49%    47%    53%
Disapprove           18     12     25     18     21     15     13
DK/NA                34     30     34     35     30     38     34
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              51%    46%    54%    41%    46%
Disapprove           15     21     14     16     23
DK/NA                34     33     33     43     31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill McCollum is handling his job as Florida Attorney General?
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18  Jun 3   Oct 24
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007
 
Approve              48      48      51      51      52      44
Disapprove           18      17      16      17      20      17
DK/NA                34      35      33      32      28      39
 
 
17. 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              33%    33%    38%    28%    34%    32%    30%
Disapprove           22     17     22     29     23     21     20
DK/NA                46     50     41     43     44     47     50
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              37%    36%    28%    35%    30%
Disapprove           19     21     23     19     24
DK/NA                44     43     49     46     46
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alex Sink is handling her job as Florida's chief financial officer?
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18  Jun 3   Oct 24
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007
 
Approve              33      32      39      35      33      38
Disapprove           22      22      18      21      25      15
DK/NA                46      46      42      44      42      47
 
 
21. Looking ahead to the 2010 election for Governor, do you feel that Charlie Crist deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes/Deserves         58%    62%    52%    62%    58%    58%    58%
No/Does not          28     29     29     26     28     29     30
DK/NA                14      8     19     12     13     14     12
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Yes/Deserves         52%    64%    54%    71%    57%
No/Does not          34     26     29     19     30
DK/NA                14     10     17     11     14
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2010 election for Governor, do you feel that Charlie Crist deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Yes/Deserves         58      57      56      58
No/Does NOT          28      26      26      27
DK/NA                14      17      19      15
 
 
22. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today, do you think you would vote for Charlie Crist the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Crist                47%    76%    24%    50%    49%    46%    58%
Democrat             27      7     54     20     24     30     16
DK/NA                26     18     22     30     27     24     26
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Crist                49%    47%    50%    60%    38%
Democrat             26     31     23     12     35
DK/NA                24     22     28     27     27
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today, do you think you would vote for Charlie Crist the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate?
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Crist                47      48      47      50
Democrat             27      25      27      28
DK/NA                26      27      27      23
 
 
24. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Florida today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very satisfied        3%     5%     2%     2%     2%     4%     5%
Smwht satisfied      43     52     41     38     47     40     46
Smwht dissatisfied   34     29     33     38     32     35     31
Very dissatisfied    19     13     23     22     18     20     17
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Very satisfied        3%     4%     2%     5%     2%
Smwht satisfied      49     45     44     49     35
Smwht dissatisfied   31     31     36     33     35
Very dissatisfied    16     19     18     10     28
DK/NA                 1      1      -      3      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Florida today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*combined High also 63% on 9/23/04)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 19  Sep 8   Feb 24  Apr 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2005*   2008
 
Very satisfied        3       3       4       7       7      15       5
Smwht satisfied      43      40      42      40      39      48      32
Smwht dissatisfied   34      33      34      33      29      22      34
Very dissatisfied    19      22      20      20       2      15      28
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       -       1       1
 
 
36. How much have you heard or read about Florida's lottery funded college scholarship program called Bright Futures - A lot, some, not much or nothing at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
A lot                23%    23%    22%    25%    26%    21%    20%
Some                 32     36     33     29     29     34     36
Not much             21     24     20     20     22     21     22
Nothing at all       23     17     25     25     22     23     22
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     HvKids INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     <18    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
                            
A lot                30%    16%    28%    36%    19%    34%
Some                 34     29     37     31     31     33
Not much             19     24     18     20     23     17
Nothing at all       16     29     17     14     26     16
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: How much have you heard or read about Florida's lottery funded college scholarship program called Bright Futures - A lot, some, not much or nothing at all?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
A lot                23      23
Some                 32      30
Not much             21      21
Nothing at all       23      25
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
37. As you may be aware, the merit based Bright Futures program helps pay college tuition for Florida students who meet required high school grades and S.A.T. test scores. Do you think the Bright Futures scholarship program is a good thing or a bad thing for Florida?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good thing           85%    84%    89%    85%    84%    87%    82%
Bad thing             5      7      4      5      6      5      6
DK/NA                 9      9      7     10     10      8     12
 
                     HvKids HrdLot  INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     <18    OrSmQ36 <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
                                    
Good thing           92%    91%     85%    88%    88%    84%    89%
Bad thing             4      6       5      3      8      6      5
DK/NA                 4      3      10      8      4     10      7
 
TREND: As you may be aware, the merit based Bright Futures program helps pay college tuition for Florida students who meet required high school grades and S.A.T. test scores. Do you think the Bright Futures scholarship program is a good thing or a bad thing for Florida?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Good thing           85      85
Bad thing             5       6
DK/NA                 9      10
 
 
38. Some have suggested reducing state funding to the Bright Futures scholarship program. In general do you support or oppose reducing funding to the Bright Futures program?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              24%    25%    22%    24%    24%    23%    24%
Oppose               65     63     69     62     64     65     58
DK/NA                12     12      9     14     12     11     18
 
                     HvKids HrdLot  INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     <18    OrSmQ36 <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
                                    
Support              27%    22%     27%    18%    22%    25%    20%
Oppose               67     73      61     73     68     62     71
DK/NA                 6      5      13      9     10     13      9
 
TREND: Some have suggested reducing state funding to the Bright Futures scholarship program. In general do you support or oppose reducing funding to the Bright Futures program?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Support              24      17
Oppose               65      72
DK/NA                12      12
 
 
39. To help lower the cost of the Bright Futures Scholarship program do you support or oppose - raising the required level of high school grades and S.A.T. test scores so that fewer students would qualify for scholarship money?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              39%    47%    28%    40%    45%    33%    43%
Oppose               50     40     63     49     42     57     45
DK/NA                12     12      9     11     13     10     11
 
                     HvKids HrdLot  INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     <18    OrSmQ36 <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
                                    
Support              37%    42%     40%    36%    45%    37%    43%
Oppose               58     53      49     55     47     50     48
DK/NA                 6      5      11      9      9     13      9
 
TREND: To help lower the cost of the Bright Futures Scholarship program do you support or oppose - raising the required level of high school grades and S.A.T. test scores so that fewer students would qualify for scholarship money?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Support              39      32
Oppose               50      54
DK/NA                12      13
 
 
40. To help lower the cost of the Bright Futures Scholarship program do you support or oppose - only giving scholarship money to students whose family income is below a certain level?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              45%    41%    50%    47%    44%    46%    45%
Oppose               48     53     42     48     47     48     50
DK/NA                 8      6      8      5     10      6      5
 
                     HvKids HrdLot  INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     <18    OrSmQ36 <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
                                    
Support              41%    44%     54%    38%    36%    46%    43%
Oppose               55     52      39     55     61     46     52
DK/NA                 4      3       7      7      3      8      5
 
TREND: To help lower the cost of the Bright Futures Scholarship program do you support or oppose - only giving scholarship money to students whose family income is below a certain level?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Support              45      42
Oppose               48      50
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
41. Florida's cigarette tax is now 34 cents a pack. Some legislators and public health groups are suggesting raising the cigarette tax an additional dollar a pack. Do you support or oppose raising cigarette taxes in Florida one dollar a pack?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              62%    58%    67%    62%    58%    65%    58%
Oppose               35     39     28     37     38     33     40
DK/NA                 3      2      4      1      4      2      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE   SMOKERS Q45
                     
Support              59%    52%    66%    62%    68%    29%
Oppose               38     45     33     37     25     71
DK/NA                 3      2      1      -      7      -
 
TREND: Florida's cigarette tax is now 34 cents a pack. Some legislators and public health groups are suggesting raising the cigarette tax an additional dollar a pack. Do you support or oppose raising cigarette taxes in Florida one dollar a pack?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Support              62      71
Oppose               35      26
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
42. Would you support or oppose raising the cigarette tax one dollar a pack if the money was used for health care programs?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              70%    62%    80%    71%    63%    77%    64%
Oppose               27     35     19     27     33     22     34
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      4      1      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE   SMOKERS Q45
 
Support              70%    62%    71%    73%    76%    52%
Oppose               26     37     27     26     20     46
DK/NA                 3      1      1      1      4      2
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose raising the cigarette tax one dollar a pack if the money was used for health care programs?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Support              70      77
Oppose               27      21
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
43. How effective do you think a one dollar increase in the cigarette tax would be in reducing smoking among current smokers - very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very effective       13%    14%    16%    11%     8%    17%     9%
Smwht effective      42     40     44     42     43     40     44
Not too effective    25     26     24     24     26     24     28
Not effective        19     20     16     21     21     17     18
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      1      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE   SMOKERS Q45
 
Very effective       10%    13%    12%     6%    19%    19%
Smwht effective      45     38     42     47     39     37
Not too effective    24     27     27     24     22     20
Not effective        19     22     18     21     17     24
DK/NA                 1      1      1      3      2      -
 
TREND: How effective do you think a one dollar increase in the cigarette tax would be in reducing smoking among current smokers - very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Very effective       13      13
Smwht effective      42      37
Not too effective    25      26
Not effective        19      22
DK/NA                 1       2
 
 
44. Regardless of whether you personally favor or oppose an increase in the tax on cigarettes, overall do you think an increase in this tax is fair or unfair to smokers?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fair                 48%    43%    59%    44%    43%    53%    45%
Unfair               48     55     37     52     52     44     53
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      5      3      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE   SMOKERS Q45
 
Fair                 49%    41%    45%    40%    61%    30%
Unfair               45     56     51     58     35     70
DK/NA                 5      4      3      1      5      -
 
TREND: Regardless of whether you personally favor or oppose an increase in the tax on cigarettes, overall do you think an increase in this tax is fair or unfair to smokers?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Fair                 48      52
Unfair               48      43
DK/NA                 4       5
 
 
45. Do you currently smoke cigarettes?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  18%    13%    23%    18%    15%    21%    16%
No                   82     86     76     81     84     79     84
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -      -
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Yes                  20%    19%    19%    15%    16%
No                   80     81     81     84     82
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      2
 
TREND: Do you currently smoke cigarettes?
                     Apr 15  Jan 22
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  18      16
No                   82      84
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
46. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose setting limits on the number of years elected officials can hold office?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favor                82%    89%    79%    79%    83%    81%    87%
Oppose               14     10     18     16     14     14      9
DK/NA                 4      -      3      5      2      5      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favor                88%    79%    85%    74%    80%
Oppose               10     18     13     18     14
DK/NA                 3      3      1      8      6
 
 
47. Currently, there is an 8 year time limit for state representatives and state senators in Florida. Do you favor or oppose extending this limit to 12 years in the house and 12 years in the senate?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favor                18%    18%    21%    16%    18%    18%    13%
Oppose               79     80     76     80     80     78     84
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      2      4      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favor                14%    19%    17%    24%    19%
Oppose               83     78     81     73     76
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      4
 
 
48. Florida lawmakers and Governor Crist have been opposed to a general tax increase but in order to meet the state's budget gap they are considering raising a number of fees on such things as drivers, fishing and marriage licenses. If more government revenue is needed do you prefer a general tax increase or raising fees on people for specific purposes?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Tax increase         43%    42%    40%    47%    45%    40%    45%
Raising fees         45     46     51     40     40     49     40
DK/NA                13     12      9     13     15     11     15
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Tax increase         44%    41%    51%    45%    34%
Raising fees         41     43     40     46     54
DK/NA                15     16      9      9     13
 
 
49. Governor Crist has proposed increasing legalized gambling in Florida to help finance public education and avoid additional budget cuts. In general do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good idea            62%    57%    65%    64%    64%    60%    49%
Bad idea             35     41     32     33     33     37     49
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Good idea            57%    63%    59%    71%    62%
Bad idea             40     34     36     27     35
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      2
 
TREND: Governor Crist has proposed increasing legalized gambling in Florida to help finance public education and avoid additional budget cuts. In general do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Apr 15  Feb 18  Apr 10
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Good idea            62      59      55
Bad idea             35      36      40
DK/NA                 3       4       4
 
 
50. Governor Crist has negotiated a deal with the Seminole Indian tribes to allow them to operate Las Vegas style slot machines and card games like blackjack in casinos around Florida. Supporters project that the state will receive almost 300 million dollars initially and could receive 100 million dollars a year in the future. The plan requires legislative approval. Do you think this plan for Las Vegas style casino games should be approved by the legislature or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  68%    64%    70%    72%    70%    66%    55%
No                   28     34     25     25     27     29     43
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      3      5      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Yes                  63%    73%    63%    75%    69%
No                   35     23     33     22     25
DK/NA                 3      4      4      3      6
 
TREND: Governor Crist has negotiated a deal with the Seminole Indian tribes to allow them to operate Las Vegas style slot machines and card games like blackjack in casinos around Florida. Supporters project that the state will receive almost 300 million dollars initially and could receive 100 million dollars a year in the future. The plan requires legislative approval. Do you think this plan for Las Vegas style casino games should be approved by the legislature or not?
                     Apr 15  Feb 18
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  68      63
No                   28      33
DK/NA                 4       4