Florida voters have yet to make a firm choice on who they want to replace Republican Gov. Charlie Crist when he steps down in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate. In the first poll taken since Crist announced he was stepping down, Floridians are largely undecided in the contest between state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) and state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R).
According to the latest survey from Quinnipiac University, Sink leads with 38% of the vote, ahead of McCollum at 34%; 25% of voters remain undecided. Among independent voters, McCollum leads 32% to 27% over Sink.
“Sink is ahead in the Governor’s race when matched up against McCollum, but voters give him a better job approval rating, 51 – 16 percent, than Sink’s 39 – 17 percent,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “McCollum also has an arguably better favorability ratio, 40 – 13 percent, than does her 25 – 7 percent rating, with 66 percent who haven’t heard enough to form an opinion.”
“One reason may be that in the survey he is identified as a Republican and she a Democrat. In Florida, as in much of the nation these days, the GOP label is not necessarily a plus, even though 50 percent of voters say the fact that Florida’s governor has been Republican since 1998 has been good for the state, compared to 37 percent who say GOP rule has been bad for Florida,” Brown added.