September 30th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Second straight poll shows Rubio lead widening

(CNN) – Two straight days, two straight polls showing Republican Marco Rubio with a double-digit lead in Florida's wild three-way Senate battle.

A new Quinnipiac University survey indicates that 46 percent of likely voters in the Sunshine State support Rubio, the former Florida House speaker and the GOP Senate nominee. Thirty-three percent back Gov. Charlie Crist, who earlier this year dropped his bid for the GOP nomination and announced he would run for the Senate as an independent candidate.


Only eighteen percent say if the election were held today, they'd vote for Democratic nominee Rep. Kendrick Meek, with another three percent undecided.

The survey's Thursday morning release came just 14 hours after the release of a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll showing Rubio with a 42 to 31 percent edge over Crist, with 23 percent of likely voters supporting Meek and three percent unsure.

Crist led the three-way contest in most state polls conducted over the summer, but Rubio has been on top in every survey conducted this month.

"Crist had a lead among independents at the start of the month, but Rubio now appears to have the edge among this key group," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And with Meek holding a majority of the vote among Democrats, that narrows Crist's options heading into the final turn."

Forty-eight percent of people questioned in the Quinnipiac University poll say they are angry towards the federal government, with another 29 percent saying they are dissatisfied.

"It is no coincidence that Rubio is getting 46 percent of the vote and 48 percent of the electorate is angry at Washington," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The Quinnipiac Univeristy Poll was conducted September 23-28, with 1,151 likely voters in Florida questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Sept. 24-28, with 1,505 adults, including 786 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.


Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio • Poll • Polls
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. November 2010

    Put a fork in Charlie Crist....he's done. Wonder if he'll drop out and support Meeks and make his Spectre imitation come to full fruition.

    September 30, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. 34 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Go Rubio! Just say NO to Obozo rubber stampers!!

    September 30, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Buh-bye, Crist! Say hello to Alren Specter on your way out, ya turncoat!

    September 30, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. jim

    This is enough to drive the media into cardiac arrest. They can't believe that Charlie Crist hasn't done better.After all he was down in the gulf having pictures taken with Obama strolling oil sained beaches and eating ice cream.

    September 30, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Doc

    I suggest a new direction for all moderate republicans out there. It's plain that the extreme right has taken control of the TP and Republican candidates running. The world has not ended since the Democrats came into power in congress in 2006 and it didn't end when President Obama was sworn in. It's not likely to end if the Republicans don't gain control in 2010 in Congress. What is for sure is a sustained gridlock and the fact that you won't be represented in congress any more than the moderate Democrats are. I suggest voting for the Democratic candidate when given the choice. Think about it. Two more years of the Democrats "creating a disaster" will hand the Republicans the 2012 election and would send the extreme right a message that they are a small minority of your party not the majority.

    September 30, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. James

    As a Floridian it isnt hard for me to believe this little quisling is winning. all the dumb retirees are going to watch as social security is taken away then wonder why their pure capitalism didn't save them. This whole state's existence is owed to the federal government. with out their handouts no one could live in this swamp. it funny to watch grown adults believe in nonsense.

    September 30, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    34 Days until Socialism dies in the United States – Obozo? What are you, 12?

    September 30, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    I can't imagne why anyone would want to retire to Florida these days with so many right-wingers running the state....

    September 30, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Florida is playing "Russian roulette" with Rubio because he won't bring them any clout in 2012 so don't start making Republican bumper stickers. If Florida can't see the "arena" setup, they are truly blind.

    September 30, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Crist and Meek will team up and BEAT Rubio!!! I think people feel sorry for Rubio because of his lost because right after that, his poll numbers went up!!

    I guess FL will be SORRY if they allow Rubio to get elected – DEMOCRATS in FL better wake up!!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    September 30, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Me

    Don't trust polls
    Polls do not determine the outcome of an election.
    YOU DO!
    If you want your candidate win, YOU have to do something
    YOU have to spread the word
    YOU have to make phone calls
    YOU have to encourage your friends and neighbors to VOTE
    YOU HAVE TO VOTE

    The only poll that matters is the one everybody participates in and that happens in November

    September 30, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Drew, FL

    The GOP plan is to cut taxes to the point that the only government spending is the socialized military and bureaucracy. The rest of the country be damned, Party First!

    September 30, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Go Rubio! Just say NO to Obozo rubber stampers!!"

    Gotta love that line of argument. "They'll just be a rumber stamp for Obama." Two articles later the same dimwit is blabbering about how none of the obstructionism is the GOP's fault because the Dem's had control over everything and couldn't get their own party members to goose-step the way the GOP does. So which is it? Can't be both...and "whichever is more convenient at the time, so I'm just going to say anything" doesn't cut the mustard.

    September 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. NC

    Go Rubio! Republicans will prevail on November 2, 2010 and November 6, 2012......it's time to get our country back from obama and his merry socialists.......

    September 30, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    Charlie Crist is toast.
    Good riddance!

    September 30, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Rick in OP

    One of the fatal errors that Crist made was having his picture taken standing next to Obama.
    Evidently Alex Sink has not picked up on the "Obama" curse.

    September 30, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. stufit

    The next Republican Senator from Florida. Yes, yes, yes. Obama can you see Miami from where you live?

    September 30, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Dennis

    This must drive the media and Democrats nuts. He a popular conservative Hispanic.

    September 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. BeverlyNC

    Just shows how stupid voters can be. If they really knew what this man plans to do – like take away Florida senior citizens Social Security and Medicare, thyey might wake up to the lies these Republicans are telling. Name ONE thing a Republican has done for you this year. You can't because they have blocked or voted NO on EVERYTHING – NO on healthcare that is already saving millions of lives, saving seniors money on their prescriiption drugs, and eliminating insurance abuses of denying you treatment with their game of pre-exiisting conditions, NO on all job creation bills, NO on better healthcare for 9/11 police and firemen who are now dying from respiratory illnesses and cancer from all the toxic ash they breathed in, NO to better veteran benefits and treatment for returning soldiers, NO to help small businesses who want to hire more workers, NO to equal pay for women, NO to regulating abusive and corrupt Wall St banks, NO to clean energy technology which would put us first in the world in manufacturing new power sources and all the millions of jobs that would come with it, NO to regulating Big Oil companies who destroy our environment and try to lie their way out of paying for the damage they did, and NO to anything to help working Americans rebuild their lives. Who are these Republican traitors to America? They certainly represent no Christian or patriotic value I know of. Vote ALL Democratic and let;s keep America moving forward and leave these People-hating Republicans to go home and find out what is REALLY like to be unemployed!

    September 30, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Edward Nashville, TN

    When you ditch your party after losing the nomination it just goes to show power is all you are interested in. No one in their right mind should support Crist.

    September 30, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. James Cunningham

    Hey, CNN! Can't you find a poll that will show Christ within 3 points of Rubio like you find and publicize for every other race where your favorite Democratic candidate is losing! You guys are beyond belief in your bias and partisanship!

    September 30, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Rubio, just another TEA PARTY nut case , good by constitution and equal rights for women,

    September 30, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. William Jefferson

    Crist should drop out and support meeks. rubio would be a disaster for the state and a disgrace to the senate.

    September 30, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. ronalde

    doesn' mean a thing,when the voting starts rubio will be history.

    September 30, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |