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Poll: Charlie Crist should run as an indy, smack Marco Rubio

A new poll from Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates shows that Gov. Charlie Crist should consider running as an independent, rather than as a Republican, now that former House Speaker Marco Rubio has opened up a 14-point lead among self-identified likely 2010 Republican voters. A quarter of the voters are undecided. Error margin: 5.6 percent.

It’s not just the 14-point spread that’s troubling for Crist. It’s the internals. Of those Republicans who say he’s doing a good job, only 47 percent would vote for him over Rubio.

And voters from all three major categories (Republicans, Democrats, independents) all give Crist about the same marks on his image.

“Charlie is flat. There’s no intensity. A Republican should be doing much better among Republicans than with Democrats,” said Tony Fabrizio, the pollster who tacked on the Senate race questions in a poll he took for a private client interested in state policy.

Fabrizio’s solution: Crist should consider running as an independent. And start chipping away at Rubio.
But even as an indy, Crist has troubles in a three way race that ropes in Miami Rep. Kendrick Meek as the Dem. Rubio would pull 31 percent of the vote, Crist 26 and Meek 24 percent.

Fabrizio says in his analysis: “Among those GOP voters who have an opinion (positive or negative) of BOTH Crist and Rubio, Crist trails Rubio by a 50 point margin. While these results are somewhat exaggerated, it spells big trouble for Crist because Crist is known to 100% of GOP voters whereas Rubio is known to about 60%. Based on this data, if Rubio’s image growth is left unchecked, it is likely that Crist will fall even further behind in the ballot.”

It’s not as if voters don’t know who Rubio is, either. In a theoretical matchup where Crist would run for re-election against fellow Republican Bill McCollum, Crist would do better than he does against Rubio.

“Rubio is known and liked in the Republican primary universe. They have done a good job in the earned media world. The problems for Charlie are numerous,” he said.

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Brucie Boye

If Charlie Crist loses the Republican Primary my friends in Wilton Manors will support him 100% as an Independent Candidate. Charlie and our community have everything in common.

Blain

Yes, I am a proud member of Bears for Crist. Charlie has the support of all of the boys in Wilton Manors, as well as all of Fort Lauderdale. The Gay GOP group, Sunshine Republicans have also endorsed Crist.

Saint Petersblog

Interesting kernels of data from the recent polls surveying the Florida Senate race.

http://bit.ly/9MODCb

ron

Crist has failed miserably. the florida economy is in shambles, almost 12% unemployment, the 2nd highest forclosure rate in the country, real estate & construction are dead, property values are droping like a rock, we're running huge deficits, property taxes are through the roof, homeowners insurance is super high, we have a huge government that we can't afford that is out of control & spending like drunken sailors with pension plans that will bankrupt the state & people are leaving the state, especially seniors to survive. to solve the problem, Marco Rubio & the house passed a property tax reform bill that would have brought back real estate, construction & the economy but Crist, Pruitt, Geller & the senate democrats blocked it, as they have blocked every property tax cut proposal, especially the ones for seniors. what are Crist's solutions? he doesn't have a clue. we are now in the same boat as california. we have a huge, super spending, out of control government & massive property taxes to pay for it. we can't afford to live here anymore, thanks to Crist, that's why people are leaving. we shouldn't reward Crist with a senate seat, after he destroyed florida.

ventura

HAAAAAAAA... The liberals of the media would love crist to run, just so they might have a slight chance of getting meek in there.
Dream on libs, Rubio is the man! We love him up here in MN. He's not going to legitimize the disgraceful act of homosexuality...He's for saving them by not giving them special rights... Afterall, the average lifespan of homos is 47 years... The liberal media will never want you to know that... GO RUBIO

ventura

LET'S GET THE 2010 REVOLUTION STARTED!

Jeebus loves

HATER ALERT! HATER ALERT!
Venture: What a crock of crap! You can't vote in Florida anyway, no matter how much you love pastor Rubio. You stick with that Bachmann whackadoodle you have up there. Hopefully her ranting and raving about the census (and encouraging citizens to not participate in it)will cause redistricting that will eliminate her from the map! Maybe then she could become a missionary in Alaska. She could quit after only a year and a half and still proclaim herself a winner.
As for homosexuals and your ridiculous lifespan comment- that statement alone shows your ignorance and hatefulness. You better pray for your sorry self, sucker. There's a special place for judgemental people like you, and if you paid any attention in your propaganda lessons on Sunday morning, it's mighty hot and fiery there! Dress appropriately!

WestWright

Jeebus loves sure seems to be a HATER...ummmm.
Looks Like the rest of FL can't get enough of its FEVER for RUBIO. Sorry Charlie da Tuna looks like his Senate race is becoming a nasty Tuna sammwhich. Buh bye all Prog Rats!

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