(CNN) – Floridians message to their governor appears to be "we love you just the way you are," according to a new poll of Sunshine State voters.
Forty-two percent of people questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday they they'd prefer that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist seek re-election next year rather than run for the U.S. Senate. That's 16 points higher than the 26 percent who would like Crist to forgo a re-election bid and run for the Senate seat opening up by the retirement of incumbent senator and fellow Republican Mel Martinez. That sentiment is consistent among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
Sixty four percent of Florida voters questioned in the poll have a favorable opinion of Crist and 53 percent approve of the way the governor is handling the economy.
If Crist does decide to give up his current job and run for the Senate, the survey indicates he's far ahead of any other possible Republican primary contender.
A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday suggests that 58 percent of voters believe the governor should be re-elected if he chooses to run for a second term.
"Given the Governor's popularity, he is likely to be a strong candidate for whichever office he seeks," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnpiac Univeristy Polling Insitute. "The other potential candidates for the Senate are not nearly as well-known or as well-liked as is Crist."
The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted April 6-13, with 1,332 Florida voters questioned by telephone. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
One of the few republicans that makes sense.
Here come the Crist haters... "I live in FL and he is the devil". Crist is well-suited for his position and has done a superb job, given the disparities between classes and ethnicities in Florida, and troubles facing the country and the world. Not to mention Cuba issues.
Bravo Governor, and best of luck as either Governor or Senator in the future.
Oh, you do? Then I guess you love his support for the gay adotpion ban there that's placed the futures of many foster children in jeopardy and limbo. Then I guess you love his support for the gay marriage ban there, despite his own questionable sexuality. Then I guess you love all the sky rocketting property taxes he helped usher in. Then I guess you love having your home insurances dropped and or skyrocketting. Crist is not what you think he is.
If there is any decent Republican out there, Crist is the one. He handled himself with class throughout the election and is not afraid to accept the stimulus money for his state. Now if we can only convince him to come to the other side!
Many of us are relieved about Governor Crist for one reason only: he is not Jeb Bush.
Someone should tell Charlie that the road to the Republican Presidential nomination runs through the statehouse, not through DC. I'm fairly sure he's got his eye on a potential 2012 run, and Republican leaders have made it clear that Senators are persona non grata. If he wants to make a run, he needs to stay a governor. The problem is, he'll get totally savaged in the primary by those who would call him a RINO, say he isn't a real conservative, and there would be a vicious ad campaign tying him to President Obama. The GOP has defined itself as "whatever the opposite of Obama is" and Crist hasn't been angry enough at the President.
Good for him. I'm a conservative and a republican, but I like a healthy mix.
That being said, we need new blood in The Senate and Congress, on both sides.
When you side with a popular President and distance your self from the Party of No, of course you'll have good poll numbers. More GOP governors need to follow Gov. Crists' example. Listen to the people of your state and stop the politcal posturing. This means you; Palin, Jindal & Sanford.
I did not vote for Governor Crist; however I am pleasantly surprised at how he is doing. He has really showed himself to be for the people of Florida and not jut another politican. He has done things that will really help this state in these difficult times.
People always cross the river when it bad on the other side we need all the highly intelligent people on our side to turn this economic around. Florida tell Govern Crist the big D is the future of the state.
@ SCott the Independent, who said "One of the few republicans that makes sense."
Actually, I think that makes him not a Republican, but that's ok...we'll let him keep wearing a meaningless label if it makes him happy: as long as his actions continue to make sense.
No we don't. He accepted money from the government printed out of thin air. In the end, his act will hurt us rather than help us.
I guess that means they all like his labor camps that, though set up under Jeb Bush, continue to operate out of the public eye. And while the media is quite adept in painting politicians in bright shining colors, he's yet to guanrantee free and honest elections in Florida. This has all of the earmarks of a media snow job.
With all the lies and mistrust of the DNC and RNC, I would love to see some more politicians bail and go independent.
The gentleman is way better than that horse's butt Jeb Bush
As being a native Floridian and a Liberal Dem, I still must say that if there was any Republican I was to back it would be Crist all the way. He's a decent guy (which now-a-days is rare on both sides) and even though we don't agree on ideologies, I still love that man to pieces! Considering Florida has done tremedously worse (ehm, Jeb) I am glad I can have a republican from MY state that is not a crazy nut-job spewing nonsense. Classy, calm, and someone I feel I can have a real debate without name-calling and kindergarden antics. Go Charlie! :D
I am not a Pepublican nor anything else. I vote for the best person for the time. From what I have heard I think Crist would make a good candidate in 2012 for his party. The Republicans must get new blood in their party if they ever want to come back. Each possibility has something wrong with his/her ideas, but he seems to have the least. He doesn't appear to be as deep in the rut as the rest. I would prefer him over any others, particularly Palin! She was the worst thing that ever got into governments politics. No matter who I vote for, if she's on the ticket, they lose! (and I'm a woman)
one of the leading reasons for Crist's popularity is that he was sensible enough to recognize the need for Obama's stimulus plan. Democrats like when Republicans manage to be sensible.
Crist is a gov with ideas to protect the state.
The one major thing I do not approve with Crist is keeping the FCAT. The FCAT is the biggest waste of money in the state of Florida.
We need to teach kids basic skills not teach to a test.
I hope if he becomes senator he will help pass laws to abolish standardized test and start using money for education more effectively.
Among the many reasonable and sane Repubs. Gov. Crist is a crisp example of how to call and gather his wits amongst the callous cacophony of the right-wing extremists and the naive and notorious neocons. what a breath of fresh air! We would like Chuck Norris and Rick Perry to behave or be booted out in a brutal way, if they continue to brandish bullyin' banners of secession.
Dutch/Bad Newz, VA:
Regarding Jindal, Jindal actually DID listen to his people and he accepted the parts of the stimulus that would not result in a raised tax the moment the stimulus money ran out.
The problem with you is that you oversimplify the stimulus debate into "take it or leave it." Jindal is smarter than you and knows which parts should be taken, and which parts should not be taken.
He Is one of the Few Republicans I Like a Moderate not a Far right wing nut!
The man uses his brain.
Crist is great and he is an anomaly in the Rushlican party... He is an independent thinker; he has a brain; and he uses it for something other than "no." With Crist, it is people first, the rest second.
As a democrat I gotta admite I love Charlie Crist. It's too bad more republicans weren't like him – then we might actually have an intelligent discourse in this country and a more healthy political process.