Florida Polls Show Pro-Life Marco Rubio Leading Pro-Abortion Crist, Meek
by Steven Ertelt
September 9, 2010
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Two new polls in Florida show pro-life Senate candidate Marco Rubio leading his pro-abortion challengers, Governor Charlie Crist and Rep. Kendrick Meek. One poll gives the former state House Speaker a double digit lead while another has him ahead by two percent.
A new Sunshine State News Poll indicates likely voters back Rubio with 43 percent compared with 29 percent for Crist, Meek with 23 percent and 5 percent undecided.
The Voter Survey Service poll surveyed 1,016 voters the first week of September and it shows Meek has improved his standing and could put Crist at risk of coming in third place.
"Rubios lead at this stage in the race is due to his fairly broad appeal across the political spectrum, primarily among GOP voters and independents, the latter of which is whats really hurting Crist," said Jim Lee, president of VSS. "Among independents, Rubio even leads Crist narrowly, 38 percent to 36 percent."
Meek gets 16 percent of the independent vote, the poll shows. Rubio captures 70 percent of GOP voters versus just 21 percent for Crist. Meek gets 45 percent of the Democratic vote compared with 35 percent for Crist and Rubio earns the support of 14 percent.
"Crist can’t win this race if he doesn’t peel back some of Rubios support among independents," Lee said. "With only 5 percent of voters remaining undecided, there is not a lot of room to grow for any of the candidates."
A new CNN poll has the race looking like this: Rubio 36%, Crist 34%, Meek 24%.
The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey examined only registered voters, not those more likely to vote, which could explain why Crist performs better and Rubio’s numbers are lower than the VSS poll.
"A three-way race is producing a three-way split among Florida voters," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Meek wins majority support among Democrats while Rubio picks up seven in ten Republicans. Among Independents, it’s Crist with 45 percent, distantly followed by Rubio with 29 percent and Meek with only 16 percent of Independents."
The CNN survey, like the VSS poll, found geographic differences in the numbers.
"Crist is doing best in the Tampa Bay area and along the southern Gulf Coast. Meek does best in the Miami area. Rubio’s best region is the northern part of the state, including the Panhandle," Holland explained.
The CNN poll also showed pro-abortion Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor, has a 49-42 percent edge over pro-life businessman Rick Scott, who has led other polls.
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