Florida Poll Has Pro-Life Rubio, Pro-Abortion Crist Splitting Senate Race Lead

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 11, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Florida Poll Has Pro-Life Rubio, Pro-Abortion Crist Splitting Senate Race Lead

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 11
, 2010

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — A new poll in the Florida Senate race has pro-life candidate Marco Rubio leading in one instance and pro-abortion Charlie Crist ahead in another depending on whether the Democratic nominee is Kendrick Meek or Jeff Greene. Rubio polls better if Meek is the nominee while Greene benefits Crist.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida shows Rubio with 38% of the vote and Crist at 33% if pro-abortion Congressman Meek, who earns 21%, is the Democratic candidate. In that case 7 percent are undecided.

If billionaire Jeff Greene is the Democratic candidate, Crist gets 37% support to Rubio’s 36%, with Greene trailing at 20%, two percent liking another candidate and five percent undecided.

Scott Rasmussen, the respected pollster said, the ratings are largely unchanged from last month and the contest remains one of Crist versus Rubio.

"Last month, Rubio also held a narrow lead if Meek is the Democratic nominee, and Crist was slightly ahead with Greene in the race," he said. "But the lead in this race has seesawed between Crist and Rubio for months, ever since the former abandoned his losing bid for the GOP Senate nomination and opted to run as an independent."

Florida Democrats will pick their nominee in less than two weeks, on August 24, and Crist’s campaign is hoping to draw support from Democrats unhappy with whichever candidate wins.

In both matchups, Rubio gets 66% of the Republican vote, and Crist draws 25% support from his old party, Rasmussen notes. If Meek is in the race, he earns 48% support in his own party, while Crist picks up 36% of the Democratic vote. If Greene is the nominee, Democrats break even between Greene and Crist.

Among voters not affiliated with either party, Crist has the edge only if Greene is in the race, the polling firm found.

The glimmer of hope for Rubio is that Crist’s lead continues to appear to be based solely on name identification alone and Rubio has the ability to define himself positively to voters.

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, will not enjoy support from the pro-life movement in the race.

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 Crist’s 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 Governor’s 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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