Yesterday the news began to leak out that today’s PPP poll for the Republican Nomination for Florida Senator would be “challenging” for Governor Crist. Challenging is not the word for it. According to Public Policy Polling if the election were held today, Marco Rubio would get 60% of the vote vs only 28% for Governor Crist. The poll is actually much worse for Crist than those particular numbers.
Republicans are not happy with the way Crist is handling his job as governor, his approval rating with likely Republican primary voters is only 29%, with 56% of them disapproving of him. Moderate Republicans narrowly approve of him (46% Approve/41% Disapprove), but conservatives who make up the lion’s share of the state’s republicans strongly disapprove of Christ (20% Approve/64% Dissaprove)
Rubio is viewed favorably by 49% of primary voters and negatively by 23%. He trails Crist 49-36 with moderates but has a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives.
It appears to be too late for Crist to change his mind about the Senate and just run for reelection either. 49% of voters say they would choose Bill McCollum in the primary if Crist decided to make another Gubernatorial race compared to only 35% who say they’d support the incumbent.
56% of GOP voters say they would like to see Crist out of public office a year from now, compared to 19% who would like to see him still as Governor and 14% who want him to be elected to the Senate.
“It’s been an amazing fall for Charlie Crist,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “At this point it doesn’t look like he could win a Republican primary for Dog Catcher.”
Yikes, sometimes you should be happy with your lot, especially when you don’t understand what policies the people want.