October 1st, 2010
08:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Sinking in Florida

(CNN) – A second straight poll in Florida shows Democrat Alex Sink faltering in her gubernatorial bid.

The survey from Quinnipiac University shows Republican Rick Scott, the controversial former health care CEO, with a 49 to 43 percent advantage over Sink, the state's chief financial officer.

But the two candidates have nearly identical favorability ratings, suggesting Sink may be most hindered by her Democratic affiliation in what appears to be a Republican year.

The same poll finds President Obama with only a 40 percent approval rating and a 56 percent disapproval.

A recent CNN/Time Magazine poll survey showed Sink down two points - among the first surveys to show the Democratic candidate losing ground in the key gubernatorial race.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,151 likely voters by telephone from September 23-28, and carries a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Rick Scott
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  1. Fair is Fair

    "But the two candidates have nearly identical favorability ratings, suggesting Sink may be most hindered by her Democratic affiliation in what appears to be a Republican year. The same poll finds President Obama with only a 40 percent approval rating and a 56 percent disapproval."

    Worded another way – "It's a Republican year because of Obama and his dismal performace, so downplay any affiliation to this adminstration."

    October 1, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. rob

    So CNN reports that thr republican is gaining on the dem candidate but has to add that the repub is "controversial" and that the only reason the dem is down is because she is a dem. Thanks for the editorial CNN, I am sorry that your team is losing badly all across the country but can you just report the facts without taking shots at the other side.

    The dems are in trouble because the majority of them allowed themselves to be co-opted by the extreme left wing leaders in their party and now they are pretending that they are'nt who they have been for the past 4 years.

    Dems cannot be truthfull about who they are or what they want to do because they know the American people won't support them if they did. Lets hope this will be the end of this democratic socialist experiment with the country now that the light of day has been shown on the utter failure of its policies.

    October 1, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. 33 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    suggesting Sink may be most hindered by her Democratic affiliation
    =====================================================

    For this she can send her thank you card to Obozo, Reid and Pelosi! When your leaders ignore the will of the people and take the country down the path of failed socialist programs, this is the result.

    October 1, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. KellyX

    If Rick Scott can buy the governors seat for 50+ million dollars, I think it's just time to end the "democracy", I won't bother voting anymore at that point and I've voted since I was 18.

    October 1, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Opus X

    According to CNN, the Republican candidate is always "controversial."

    October 1, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. vic, Nashville TN

    CNN most trusted name in news and best political team do the home work or post all the polls don’t copy FOX

    The Miami Herald “Democrat Alex Sink leads Republican rival Rick Scott by 7 percentage points in the Florida governor's race, according to a new poll that shows she's highly popular with the state's swing voters: Independents” last week poll

    Quinnipiac ,Rasmussen polls we don’t trust

    October 1, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. TCM

    two words are killing Sink's chances : Supporting Obama

    October 1, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Pedro

    Well, given that many of the Primary elections this season have clearly demonstrated that these polls have a margin of error of +/_ 10 points, I think it is probably very premature to say Alex Sink is in "Big Trouble."

    October 1, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. beth

    I'm so sad to hear this. I guess Rick Scott can buy the governorship of Florida. If Floridians decide to put him in this position, they deserve everything they get!!!

    October 1, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Jill American

    If voters in Forida elect a former Healthcare CEO as Governor then it is FLORI-DUH all over again.
    You get what you vote for.

    October 1, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. vesalius

    All across the country the same story, races that wer not supposed to be close are. Those that were supposed to be competitive are not. Democrats can't run fast enough away from Obama and are trying to hide from their unpopular supposed accomplishments even more.

    October 1, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. malabar

    With a name like sink. . .

    October 1, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Marty, FL

    It is beyond any rationale of human decency how any Floridian could vote for a xenophobic fraud, Scott, who oversaw the worst Medicare scam against taxpayers in history.

    Alex Sink is by far a more successful executive with integrity for all Floridians.

    iViva Alex!

    October 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |