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FL: 41% Sink, 34% Scott, 8% Chiles (PPP 8/21-22)

Topics: Florida , poll

Public Policy Polling (D)
8/21-22/10; 567 likely voters, 4.1% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(PPP release)

Florida

2010 Governor
41% Sink (D), 34% Scott (R), 8% Chiles (i) (chart)
39% Sink (D), 31% McCollum (R), 12% Chiles (i)* (chart)

*Poll taken before primary won by Rick Scott

Favorable / Unfavorable
Bud Chiles: 12 / 16
Bill McCollum: 25 / 54
Rick Scott: 28 / 49
Alex Sink: 35 / 23

 

Comments
AlanSnipes:

Thank you Florida Republicans for nominating a complete idiot (in line with the party) and giving the Democrats a good chance to win in November.

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Paleo:

Taken before the primary, I'm not sure how much it's worth. Scott will probably get some sort of bounce. Have no idea how the Chiles factor will play out. Then again, I have no idea why he's running.

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Field Marshal:

Scott polls better against Sink than McCollum. It does seem like it was the good choice. More importantly, thank you FL democrats for being predictable and nominating Meek (a complete idiot?) and giving the Republicans a VERY good shot at the senate seat.

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Paleo:

If Meek's a complete idiot, what's Jeff Greene?

Meek's presence will boost AA turnout, which will help Sink, and Boyd in FL-2.

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Field Marshal:

If Meek's a complete idiot, what's Jeff Greene?

I don't think Meek is a complete idiot. I was mocking Alan's comment about Rick Scott.

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AlanSnipes:

No, Rick Scott is not an idiot. He ran a health insurance company that bilked people out of millions of dollars. I guess that 's what Republicans support.

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Paleo:

Yeah, that Medicare fraud is going to play real well in south Florida.

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Field Marshal:

No, Rick Scott is not an idiot. He ran a health insurance company that bilked people out of millions of dollars. I guess that 's what Republicans support.

He was on the board of directors, not running the company. Additionally, he was never charged with anything.

By your logic, Meek should also be considered a "complete idiot" since he's a corrupt politician who lobbied millions of dollars of taxpayer money to fund a boston developers project while the project owner provided Meeks mother a free Escalade, rent free office space, and up to $30k in consulting fees.

Meek also worked at Wackenhut Security Corp where the company was later found to be over billing Miami-Dade country.

Corruption is going to play real well in Florida. Meek is a quintessential politician and i guess that's why Democrats support him. (or do they given the general election polling?).

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Fred:

FM meant that Rubio / Crist / Meek makes more dems vote for Meek than Crist. Greene would have been almost like a third party candidate. No one seems to like him. Dems would have been more likely to start to flock to Crist.

I don't know Alex Sink's positions on issues or much about him at all. I'll have to do some research. I would think if he's liberal, he will only lose ground from here.

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Georgia Joe:

You may want to check your history on Rick Scott. He was fired by the Board of Directors of Columbia HCA while the Company was under investigation for what turned out to be the largest fraud case in the history of Medicare. He is either a crook or he's incompetent. Neither one is good qualification for office.

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Field Marshal:

Actually, you may want to check YOUR history of Rick Scott not to mention your knowledge of the corporate governance structure.

Rick was forced out by the other board members because he wanted to fight the charges rather settling. In addition, he is on the board, not management. Management are the one's who are crooks and guilty of fraud. But keep peddling the talking points you hear on MSNBC.

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Georgia Joe:

You need to read your history Field Marshall. Rick Scott was CEO as well as Chairman of the Board and forced out by the Board. He refers to himself in numerous interviews as the CEO. In regard to the fraud, he takes accountability as the CEO. I'm not sure what your shot about corporate structure was about, a CEO is a CEO. Usually they also serve on the Board and also frequently function as Chairman of the Board.

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Nick:

I guess the Florida public will be the jury on the whole fraud mess.

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Farleftandproud:

Crist and Sink will win. Scott will scare too many elderly people since he has made statements that want to privatize medicare. I didn't really know who he was until I recognized his face from all those anti-Obamacare commercials.

Sink has so far kept her state local and regional. She has distanced herself from Obama and Washington.

Crist will win over Meek voters as the independents become more and more disgusted with the extreme GOP. Meek may get the African american vote, but I think that about 80 percent of White and Hispanic Democrats will eventually swing for Crist.

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Farleftandproud:

Instead of the Green party, I think we need a moderate independent party in this country.

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Farleftandproud:

Scott May get a quick surge and take the lead with Chiles in it.

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Bukama:

FLAP,

Really? 80% of the white vote for crist? Is this if he doesn't declare his caucus? I think if he doesn't declare his caucus, the wind falls out of his sails and Crist ends up with 20% at best. If he does declare, he will lose a majority of whichever party he doesn't declare to support.

I think Meek will see a surge of primary bounce - and that will come from Crist's numbers. This will be a blow to crists momentum. Money will dry up. Meek is not about to back down. He's already running ads that say "if you want a Dem., vote for a real Dem., not someone who may be their if it is politically advantageous." That's going to be pretty powerful. Rubio, in the mean time, will play front runner, and simply refer to Crist as a spoilsport.

Frankly, Crist has made a big mistake. If he had gracefully bowed out of the contest, he would have been in good shape to challenge Bill Nelson in a couple years. I've heard that Crist is angling for Obama's VP spot in 2012 (if he won the Senate seat this year, he would be a good choice, perhaps, like McCain considered Lieberman).

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BigMO:

I'm surprised that Florida hasn't joined other swing states in the rush to the GOP. Colorado, Ohio, and Indiana have all moved quite a bit to right but Florida is poised to give a Democrat the governor's race and a quasi-Democrat the Senate seat.

That concerns me greatly for 2012. The Republicans will take back NC, Colorado, and Indiana--all traditionally red, conservative states--and probably Ohio, too. But Florida, as always, will be the golden ticket.

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Farleftandproud:

I said 80 percent of the white or hispanic Democratic voters as would I, if I lived in Florida vote for Crist.

I didn't say all white voters.

Having multiple candidates and an older population concerned about losing SS, medicare and everything they worked for from this new genre of Libertarian robots like Rick Scott.

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Farleftandproud:

By 2012, the GOP will look like such racist extremists, and Obama as a steadfast guy who has put up with their bullshit for so long, I think the country will be brought back to their senses. Bill Clinton, many thought in 1994 was a one-term president.

Turnout will be greater in 2012, and with younger, and more non-white voters that makes a huge difference both in polling and in turnout.

I predict the Dems could be in trouble in Montana for the senate, and maybe ND, but I predict they will get NC and CO and probably Nevada. I think the Democrats will win Colorado this year, since the state has been moving in a more moderate direction for a decade.

Dems will get Arizona, because we will pass immigration reform, and John Kyl will be finished.

Iowa and Wisconsin, I predict are moving more rightward, since the Democrats have lost some rural voters, and they don't have as big of a minority population.

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Farleftandproud:

I am a progressive Democrat and if I were a florida resident I wouldn't expect Crist to make a commitment to caucus with the Dems or Republicans. I predict he'll be more like Olympia Snowe, and split his votes no matter who he caucuses with.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"I'm surprised that Florida hasn't joined other swing states in the rush to the GOP"

Rasmussen always has their Obama approval higher than I'd expect it. Higher than in NH, for instance.

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Florida Cracker:

Fred:

For the record, Alex Sink is a woman. As for how Florida will pan out in November, it's anybody's guess. With that said, approximately 316,000 more Republicans turned out for Tuesday's primaries than did Democrats. I suspect that there may be an enthusiasm gap in play here.

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