Florida Poll Has Pro-Abortion Crist Leading Pro-Life Rubio in Key Senate Race
by Steven Ertelt
July 30, 2010
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — A new poll out of Florida has pro-abortion Governor Charlie Crist leading pro-life former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the marquee Senate matchup this November. The new Quinnipiac University survey released today says Crist is benefiting from a positive approval rating from Florida voters.
Some 37 percent of Florida voters now support Crist in his independent bid for the Senate seat while 32 percent of Floridians back Rubio.
Another 17 percent back pro-abortion Democratic candidate Jeff Greene and 14 percent are undecided.
Should pro-abortion congressman Kendrick Meek win the Democratic primary next month over Greene, the Quinnipiac University poll shows Crist at 39 percent, Rubio at 33 percent, meek with 13 percent and 17 percent undecided.
In the Democratic primary matchup, Greene leads Meek by 10 percent and 35 percent of Democratic voters are still undecided.
The new survey indicates that Crist, who upset pro-life advocates by vetoing a bill that would have helped women by allowing them to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before an abortion, is helped by getting the support of half of independent voters, 20 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democratic voters in the possible November matchups.
Crist is also helped by the fact that 53 percent of Florida voters give him a positive job approval rating while a lower 37 percent disapprove of his current record as governor.
Ironically, the head of the polling firm at the college said Rubio’s chances are increased if the Democratic candidate can find some momentum and siphon off Democrats and independents from Crist.
"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," said Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter A. Brown. "But if the Democratic nominee can move into the mid-to-high 20s, Crist’s chances decrease substantially."
The glimmer of hope for Rubio is that Crist’s lead appears to be based solely on name identification alone.
Quinnipiac finds just 13 percent of Florida voters don’t know enough about him to form an opinion while 38 percent say the same thing about Rubio and 64 percent say that about the Democratic candidates.
That means Rubio, should he continue his strong fundraising, has a good chance to introduce himself to voters and drive up his numbers at Crist’s expense.
Rubio is also helped by the fact that Floridians disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing by a 50-46 percent margin, and Crist has close ties with Obama that he can use to his advantage.
Rubio criticized Crist for the veto of the pro-life bill, saying Once again, Charlie Crist has put politics ahead of principled policy-making. Not only would this commonsense measure have provided women with vital information as they make a critical decision, but now Governor Crists veto also clears the way for taxpayer funding of abortion in Florida."
"This veto will now make it harder for Florida to fight Obamacare, since the bill would have enabled our state to opt out of the abortion coverage mandate in the federal health care law," he added.
Even those who agree with the outcome of the Governors decision should be alarmed that an issue as serious and deserving of sober deliberation as this one was treated in such a calculating, political manner. Florida deserves a U.S. senator who will think issues through and let principles, not the politics of the moment, guide their decisions. Not surprisingly, his latest decision is only the latest in a long litany of examples in which Charlie Crist has broken his word to Floridians," Rubio said.
Crist has also come under fire for removing the section of his web site supposedly touting his pro-life credentials.
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