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Toplines - Election 2010: Florida Senate - August 17, 2009

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Florida Senate

Survey of 1,000 Likely Florida Voters

August 17, 2009

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly

approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s

been doing?

27% Strongly approve

15% Somewhat approve

10% Somewhat disapprove

47% Strongly disapprove

1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Charlie Crist has been doing as Governor… do you strongly

approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been


17% Strongly approve

42% Somewhat approve

21% Somewhat disapprove

19% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

3* Okay, in thinking about the 2010 election for United States Senate, suppose you had a choice between Republican Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek. If the election were held today would you vote for Republican Charlie Crist or Democrat Kendrick Meek?

48% Crist

29% Meek

10% Some other candidate

13% Not sure

4* Suppose the Republicans nominated Marco Rubio. If the 2010 Election for United States Senate were held today would you vote for Republican Marco Rubio or Democrat Kendrick Meek?

43% Rubio

30% Meek

8% Some other candidate

19% Not sure

5* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression

First….Charlie Crist

19% Very favorable

45% Somewhat favorable

21% Somewhat unfavorable

14% Very unfavorable

2% Not sure

6* Next….Kendrick Meek

12% Very favorable

25% Somewhat favorable

19% Somewhat unfavorable

15% Very unfavorable

29% Not sure

7* Last one….Marco Rubio

13% Very favorable

28% Somewhat favorable

22% Somewhat unfavorable

9% Very unfavorable

29% Not sure

8* In terms of how you will vote in the next Florida election what is the most important issue ...the economy, education, healthcare, home foreclosures, the availability and cost of homeowners insurance or the environment?

58% Economy

10% Education

15% Healthcare

2% Home foreclosures

8% Availability and cost of homeowners insurance

1% The environment

4% Some other issue

2% Not sure

9* Is the recession over?

4% Yes

83% No

14% Not sure

10* The Obama administration has recently encouraged a more open dialogue with Cuba. This may be an indication that the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba could come to an end. Will ending the trade embargo will help or hurt Florida?

50% Help

28% Hurt

8% It will have no impact

15% Not sure

11* A Florida lawmaker is leading the charge to enact an outright ban on keeping certain exotic species, such as pythons, as pets. Some believe these types of pets are dangerous to people and to the environment. Would you favor or oppose a ban on certain exotics kept as pets?

68% Favor

26% Oppose

6% Not sure

12* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

20% Strongly favor
17% Somewhat favor
7% Somewhat oppose
52% Strongly oppose
5% Not sure

13* When it comes to health care decisions, who do you fear the most: the federal government or private insurance companies?

60% The federal government

33% Private insurance companies

7% Not sure

14* Do you have health insurance?

83% Yes

16% No

1% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence