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Poll shows Charlie Crist is political weathervane or man of people

Most Florida voters want Gov. Charlie Crist to veto an abortion bill that he, too, appears to oppose. They're cool to oil drilling, just like the governor. And they support his decision to veto a controversial ``teacher-tenure'' bill that the Republican-controlled Legislature wanted signed into law to help reform education.

Whether he's a political weathervane or just a man of the people, Crist's positions are more in line with the majority of Florida voters than with his former Republican colleagues in the state Legislature, according to a new poll of top issues debated in Tallahassee. Ipsos Public Affairs conducted it for The Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13.

The one issue Crist seems out of step with the electorate: an Arizona-style law that would give state and local police more power to enforce immigration laws.

Buoyed by strong support from Republicans and independents, the poll found 58 percent of registered Florida voters would favor such a law, which wasn't debated in Florida's Legislature this spring. Only 36 percent oppose it, including Crist.

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