Republican businessman Rick Scott has moved to a six-point edge over Democrat Alex Sink and has hit the 50 percent support mark for the first time in Florida’s gubernatorial race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters shows Scott with 50 percent of the vote, while Sink, the state's chief financial officer, earns 44 percent support when leaners are included. Six percent of voters prefer some other candidate in the race.
The new numbers shift this race to leans Republican from a toss-up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Earlier this month, the two were virtually tied counting leaners, with Sink at 48 percent and Scott at 47 percent. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate. Rasmussen Reports now considers results with leaners the primary indicator of the race.
Scott holds a 46 percent to 41 percent edge over Sink when leaners are excluded from the totals. In the previous survey, Scott earned 45 percent to Sink's 44 percent minus leaners.
Seventy-five percent of Sink’s supporters are certain of their vote in November, as are 71 percent of Scott’s backers.
Scott, despite a divisive state primary, is now backed by 85 percent of Florida Republicans, while Sink draws support from 80 percent of Democrats. Scott posts a 21-point lead over Sink among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
The survey of 750 likely voters in Florida was conducted on Sept. 22, 2010, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
Republican Marco Rubio continues to hold a double-digit lead over current governor and independent candidate Charlie Crist in Florida’s contentious race for the U.S. Senate.
Twenty-eight percent of Florida voters consider themselves a part of the tea party movement, while 59 percent does not. This is comparable to findings nationally. But a majority says the movement is good for the country, while 23 percent say it is bad for the nation.
Scott, who has received strong support from the movement, draws the vote from 81 percent of those voters who consider themselves part of the Tea Party. A third of non-tea party voters (34 percent) also supports the GOP nominee. Sink is backed by 58 percent of those voters who do not consider themselves part of the tea party movement.
Scott is viewed favorably by 53 percent of Florida voters and unfavorably by 39 percent. Those numbers include 18 percent very favorable and 21 percent very unfavorable.
Sink’s ratings are 45 percent favorable and 46 percent unfavorable. While 19 percent share a very favorable opinion of Sink, 26 percent view her very unfavorably.
Fifty-one percent (51 percent) of Florida voters approve of the job Crist is doing as governor, while 48 percent disapprove.
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