(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.
The future of the Republican party looks like Charlie Crist and Jim Huntsman.
The past of the Republican party looks like Gingrich, Palin and Sanford.
Republicans, it's up to you. Forward, or backward? Become relevant again, or disappear?
Gov Crist has been a fine servant of the people of Florida in several capacities. He will make a great senator and possibly president.
I recently visited my home state a must say I am pleased what govenor Christ has done with our state
Crist is one of the few Moderate Republicans left. The Republican Party better wise up. Palin, Gingrich and the others will lead them to disaster. Only the Moderates can save the Republican Party.
As a Floridian and a Democrat, I have to admit that Gov. Crist as grown on me, which, given how much I detest Republicans for how they have ran this country for the last 12 years, is somewhat of a shocker for me to admit.
For a Republican he seems like a good guy.
"With all the lies and mistrust of the DNC and RNC, I would love to see some more politicians bail and go independent."
I would love to see an independent/moderate party. And rename the Democrats to the Liberal Party and the Republicans to the Conservative Party.
Crist looks great on the outside. He is such a mild mannered person, never wanting to get in the middle of an argument, never really taking sides, always seeing the glass half full. Many in Florida have commented on his overall abilities and wonder if he really is strong enough to go anywhere else politically. To his credit, he has done well considering he followed John Ellis Bush, right wing nut , brother of W, who hated everything government. JEB hated government so much no one could figure out why he wanted a government job and then it dawned on us that his only goal as gov. was to destroy what government he could while in the Gov.'s mansion. We are hoping he will return to Texas to live out his life with his family and perhaps become Prez of Texas if Rick or Chuck don't get the job!
Charlie's a nice guy, end of story.
I love how the liberals say what a wonderful moderate Republican Crist is now. If he runs for President, however, they'll call him another George Bush, a Rethuglican, a right-wing extremist, or any of a host of other insults.
You know how I know this?
Because John McCain is one of the most moderate Republicans in the Senate right now. Democrats were always saying how they wished more Republicans were like McCain. As soon as he ran for the presidency, however, they demonized him and elected a man as far from center as you can possibly get.
Crist might be a good candiate and have worthy qualities but I will stay right were I am, supporting change – Being liked does not bring change to Americans lives, the courage to go against the grain and to put Americans healthcare and other needs first does.... Many Americans are under the impression that our President is spending too much money but we HAVE to spend money to make money... This is about the next generation getting a better shot not being selfish...
We need to go ahead and start implementing parts of the Cuban and Chinese economies and other policies as well. It is time for the federal government to get control over the health care system so we can ration it out to those who need it.... we also need to get some of this dissent under control by any means necessary. It's time to stop messing around.
Native beach-side Floridian Democrat here..... yeah. I really like Charlie Crist. Now I hope no one jumps out of the nearest bush and yanks my Democrat card out of my hands lol.
Well, he certainly gets points for being the tannest governor ever. Other than that, I'm not too crazy about how the budget crisis here is being handled.
Romney and maybe Crist are the only potential bright stars in the GOP field. Palin is too divisive and lacks experience.
Charie Crist has common sense. He's practical and moderate, and knows that you accomplish nothing if you dig in your heels on either side of the aisle. Moderate Republicans like Charlie Crist, along with a new breed of Moderate Democrats, are the only way to save our country!
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 refused money that could potentially help rebuild the 9th ward in Louisiana. Then, he refused unemployment money for those struggling Americans...I need for you to explain to all of us how that is smart.
he's done a good job here, except he needs to kick out all the illegal mexicans that are bleeding schools and social services dry. Too many politicians across the country, and especially here in Florida like to look the other way; but Mexicans need to go back to Mexico. I'm tired of taxes being increased, schools being overcrowded for American kids, crime rates soaring...all due to illegal mexicans!
Of course they love him when a huge majority of the people in Florida will not live to see the huge debt being passed on to future generations through this "stimulus". The government believes they know better how to spend money than the citizens do.........
Now, CNN, let's see if you really will publish my comment after rejecting it earlier. You only publish what comments you want published.
Right on Ryan in Denver. We need more intelligent discourse. Like all that class and wisdom from the likes of Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Bobby Rush, and Ted Kennedy.
If this guy runs as an Independent he got my vote.
I'm a liberal Democrat from FL and I gotta admit, I like what Crist is doing in the state... Rational republicans need to rise up and not be the minority in the country, things need to get done.
the only reason he his doing good is because he stood with POTUS......
We need him in the senate. He's done great work as governor following many of former Governor Jeb Bushes policies. Time for him to make the next move.
Marco Rubio for US Senate all the way!
The people of the state of Florida need Charlie Crist for a second term
as governor in Florida. If he becomes senator, which I am sure he will
win by a landslide, the republican senators in Washington today will
fill him with all their hate venom. He may not be able to to continue as
an independent, thinking " what is best for the people of Florida rather
than what is best for my party" person. But just maybe, his one sensible
voice could make a difference. Whatever he decides, I wish him well.
The gay marriage and gay adoption bans should be changed.