May 12, 2009 - Recent Quinnipiac Poll Shows Florida's Crist Is Strong Candidate For U.S. Senate Word format Peter A. brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is available to discuss Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to forsake a second term to run for the U.S. Senate next year. He begins that quest in very strong position, according to an April 15 Quinnipiac University poll showing 64 percent of Florida voters view him favorably, far, far ahead of any other candidate, Democrat or Republican. In a trial heat against other potential Republican candidates, the Governor gets 54 percent of the vote, while no other candidate does better than 8 percent. Florida voters had indicated that they prefer Crist run for reelection. "Gov. Crist's support appears to be both wide and deep. His 66 percent approval rating among Democrats is impressive and explains why he would be difficult to defeat in the general election. As for a primary, although some conservative activists have grown disillusioned with him, there is no evidence that unhappiness has spread to the GOP rank-and-file," said Brown. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.