October 8th, 2010
03:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Sink ahead in Florida – barely

(CNN) - Is Alex Sink sinking? Maybe not.

A new Mason-Dixon poll released Friday indicates Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nominee holds a small lead over her GOP challenger, Rick Scott. Still, though, the two candidates are statistically tied.

Forty-four percent of likely voters say they support Sink, while 40 percent say they'll back Scott. Three percent support other candidates and 13 percent are undecided.


The same poll last month had Sink leading Scott 47 to 40, but Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker said "Scott's support...is flat and the only change in the race is a shifting of Sink voters into the undecided column."

The race is even closer among independent voters. Nearly a fifth of them are undecided and those who have chosen a candidate support Sink over Scott by just two points.

"Republican candidates usually must carry the independent vote by about 15-points to win statewide," Coker noted.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted Sept. 24-28 indicated Scott held a 47 to 45 point lead over Sink.

The Mason-Dixon poll was conducted Oct. 4-6 by phone with 625 likely Florida voters. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Polls • Rick Scott
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Augsbee

    I guess those that are voting for Sink have forgotten how she left hundreds of people unemployed in Florida when she behaved like a typical rich President of a bank without regard for the little guy. She's only changed her tune because she wants to be Governor, I doubt she has gotten away from rich bankers, wall street.

    October 8, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Good news Sink ahead in Florida

    Nevada State Sen. Bill Raggio Republican lawmaker endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

    October 8, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. larry

    If trickey rickey becomes the govenor of Florida, be afraid, be very afraid. He will try to institute the policies of "The White Annoying Teabagger" party and if you not a member of this good ole boy group expect to be sent to the back of the bus. (That is if you are even allowed on the bus)

    October 8, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. PaulC

    It is a terrible reflection on the intelligence of the Floridian voter that they consider Rick Scott to be their choice for Governor.
    How you can ignore his performance as CEO of the hospital that committed a multi billion dollar medicare fraud? He copied Sgt. Schultz from TVs Hogan,s Heroes ... "I know nothing" with a straight face.

    October 8, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "which side of the "polls are meaningless cuz they only ask a thousand people", or "this poll is bogus cuz I'VE never been called before" argument will you fall on today? "

    Neither, especially since I NEVER make those arguments. As part of my undergrad degree, I had to take several stats courses, so I know how stupid those arguments sound when made by people of both sides. YOu can check my correction of someone yesterday on just that kind of thing. Now, would you like to explain to the class what "(n-1)" refers to? Thought so.

    October 8, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Pretzel Logic

    I've said it before and I will say it again. The Dems will lost seats but will retain their majority in both Houses and the Governorships will remain almost the same.

    October 8, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Marty, FL

    Augsbee,
    Again with the TV regurgitation. Alex Sink oversaw successful mergers that created jobs for FL and consolidation of repeated positions at the top, as true leadership requires running business as lean as possible.

    By contrast, Rick Scott oversaw corporate greed that laid off thousands of Americans while scamming the worst Medicare fraud in history from taxpayers. He claims he somehow did not know (yeah right) what was even going on under his watch, which would be utter incompetence. FL does not need either scenario of his failures in our highest office.

    October 8, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    CNN, are there any Democrats that meet your obviously new (right wing fringe peddling) high standards? Holy Christ! It's one "bash the Democrat" article after another. No wonder you're now in 3rd place between the 3 top cable news stations. You're losing the middle and most of the left. This is what we get with a corporate owned media – a corporate agenda. This is a disgrace to your good name, or should I say once good name.

    October 8, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "which side of the "polls are meaningless cuz they only ask a thousand people", or "this poll is bogus cuz I'VE never been called before" argument will you fall on today? "

    Neither, especially since I NEVER make those arguments. As part of my undergrad degree, I had to take several stats courses, so I know how stupid those arguments sound when made by people of both sides. YOu can check my correction of someone yesterday on just that kind of thing. Now, would you like to explain to the class what "(n-1)" refers to? Thought so.

    BTW genius, as for "playing both sides," if you haven't figured out that I'm a progressive and that my posting style here since the 2008 race has angered enough of my conservative Ticker counterparts that a few occassionally decide to post conservative nonsense under the "Sniffit" moniker, then you need to pay closer attention.

    October 8, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Alex will Sink Rick Scott

    Both of them have just got through debating, and it's going to be aired tonight on the Univision channels in Florida. Go Alex!

    October 8, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Ann

    Is this the same corrupt Rick Scott whose medical insurance company was fined millions for gouging medicare? (I remember that Rick Shanchez took a piece out of his hide one afternoon on his show about the medicare fine) Now he is running as an ultra conservatige Tea Bagger – what hypocracy ? I for one can't wait for the mid-term election in November to come and go and put an end to all of this silly polling and speculating. Seriously, it is a sham and utter nonsence that this man is being considered for political office with his track record.

    October 8, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Sherri W.W.

    Commentor#3[larry]~YOU HAVE HIT IT RIGHT ON TARGET!~I dont know,perhaps Sink IS "Big Business"BUT~EVEN IF THAT WERE TRUE,NOBODY SHOULD WANT THAT RICK SCOTT IN THERE FOR AT LEAST 2 REASONS~1.He was mixed up in some sort of ins&medicare scandel that evidently made him a LOT of money~while COSTING YOU&me and all taxpayers!~2.Even without THAT,the fact that he is another of those,not just right leanig ,but completely goofy~headed TBag/Repubs,that belong NO PLACE EVEN NEAR A HIGH PUBLIC OFFICE! it is also true that we should be VERY MUCH AFRAID OF EVEN 1 OF THESE PEOPLE GETTING IN OFFICE,never mind SEVERAL OF THEM! GOOD LORD~I still say that folks being snowed by these dangerous people,begs the question~is EVERYBODY crazy!??

    October 8, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Foxfan

    So!!!!! Governors don't vote but CNN still CNN, MSNBC still MSNBC. We're focusing on senate and congress

    October 8, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Sniffit: Love your posts! Look forward to them each day! You are correct about statistics. I wonder though what would happen if pollsters could reach those with cell phones, who tend to be younger and more likely support Obama & Dem. Peace.

    Go get 'em ALEX! We are praying and rooting for you!! Come on, Florida Democrats & Independents get out and VOTE!

    October 8, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. D. Bunker

    Augsbee sounds like a typical GOBPbagger hypocrite. When was the last time you criticized a GOBP candidate for cutting jobs?

    October 8, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Talk is cheap Mr. Boehner. Put your money where your mouth is and by the way your party may have the support of both blue and white collar workers who are white....your party still lags behind when it comes to minority vote and also remember come 2050 this country is going to be predominatly minority."

    Are you serious? Forget that the white majority is eroding and that the demographic shift is imminent, inevitable and unavoidable? HAHA! My dear friend...that is the single biggest driving force behind the temper tantrum we have witnessed from the "conservatives" over teh past 2 years. We crossed the imaginary line into "OH SH-T! WE'VE GOTTA DO SOMETHING QUICK!!!!" land on November 4, 2008. Their side of the national discourse is repleat with the proof that I am correct:

    Birthers
    Obama's a Muslim, not a Christian
    Sudden massive foot-stomping concern about illegal immigration
    Constant comments about immigration reform as "the Dems just want to get more minorities in here to vote for them"
    Wanting to repeal the 17th Amendment so states can be redistricted to marginalize minorities and entrench conservative state legislatures who will APPOINT conservative Senators
    Conniption fits over the Census, which will be the basis for redistricting next year (watch how many suits the red states cause to be filed)
    Tea Party's demographic makeup
    Increased feedback and squelching regarding this being a "krischun nashun" (note the CNN article from yesterday regarding the segregation of churches and then pay atteention to the race of the people who most vociferously claim that separation of church and state is a lie)
    TX Board of Education attempting to rewrite history to euphamize capitalism and the slave trade and downplay figures like Jefferson, who was, of course, responsible for vehemently arguing for and explaining the separation of church and state
    Constant comments about "dope-smoking Oprah watchers" in reference to entitlements even though 61% of those who receive social assistance are white rural Americans
    ETC

    The list goes on and on and on. So no, Boehner and his minions will not forget the demographic shift...it is the first thing that angers them in the morning when they wake up and the last thing they grumble about when they go to bed.

    October 8, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |