Charlie Crist is “capturing the middle.” Alex Sink is within striking distance. Those are the upshots of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The poll finds Crist settling in at 35 percent, to “Moneybags” Marco’s 28 percent, while Kendrick Meek is stuck at 17 percent. Crist loses exactly one point when Meek is swapped out for Jeff Greene, dropping to 34 to Rubio’s 29. Says Reuters:
Meanwhile, Alex Sink is looking in much better shape, as both her opponents lose helium in the race. Sink is down within the margin of error against the smoke monster: 34 percent to 31 percent, and she’s one point ahead of Bill McCollum, 31 percent to 30 percent.
Rick Scott will surely use the poll numbers, narrow as they are, to try and sell the GOP base that he’s more electable than boring Bill. But I’ll bet Team Sink would rather run against smokey. Those negatives … and that grille!!! But Sink does have a problem: Bud Chiles is swiping 13 percent against either GOPer in the Ipsos poll, support that’s mostly got to be coming out of Sink’s hide.
Meanwhile, more data to crush the media’s cherished “incumbents in trouble” meme:
While incumbents have faced a wave of voter anger in other states, a majority of Florida voters — 53 percent — approve of Crist’s performance as governor and 41 percent disapprove. A 57 percent majority says Florida is on the right track.
“Generally incumbents have been at a disadvantage this year, but that hasn’t been the case with Crist in Florida,” Young said. “The move to running as an independent has paid off. He’s capturing the middle space,” said Ipsos pollster Cliff Young.
Surprisingly, the poll finds the oil spill isn’t much of a factor so far in Florida, while the economy is, big time, just like everywhere else.
But a bare majority of poll respondents, 51 percent, said their personal well-being had not been affected at all by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, while 47 percent said it had been affected “a lot” or “a little.”
The economy is the No. 1 issue for Florida voters, with 51 percent naming it their top concern. The environment was second with 15 percent and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was well back with only 6 percent.
“Just like at the national level, it’s all about jobs and the economy,” Young said. “Voters are angry about the economy, but how they direct that anger is not clear yet.”