Florida Chamber Polling Shows Rick Scott & Marco Rubio Leading (October 4, 2010)

New poll results released today by the Florida Chamber of Commerce show Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott leading Democrat Alex Sink 46 percent to 42 percent, and U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio with a seven-point lead over Independent Charlie Crist and 24-point lead over Democrat Kendrick Meek.

“The mood among Florida’s electorate is currently favoring Republican candidates,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber. “Not only are Republican candidates polling higher than Democratic candidates, polling data reveals stronger interest and motivation to vote in the upcoming General Election leans with Republican voters – an advantage for Republican candidates.”

Conducted on September 27-30, the poll of 800 likely voters shows:

  • GOVERNOR: Rick Scott leading Alex Sink, 46% to 42%
  • U.S. SENATE: Marco Rubio leading Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek, 40% to 33% to 16%
  • ATTORNEY GENERAL: Pam Bondi leading Dan Gelber, 38% to 26%
  • CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Jeff Atwater leading Loranne Ausley 38% to 24%
  • AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: Adam Putnam leading Scott Mattox , 36% to 28%

With four weeks remaining before the November 2 General Election, the poll also gauged voters’ interest in the upcoming elections.

  • REPUBLICANS: 60 percent of registered Republicans rated their interest a “10” on a “1-10” scale
  • DEMOCRATS: 49 percent of registered Democrats rated their interest a “10.”

“The candidates have four weeks left to ensure voters hear their messages,” Johnson added. “In a campaign, four weeks is a lifetime, and I fully expect we will see candidate leads fluctuate.”

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, has a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.

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