September 16th, 2010
10:37 AM ET
10 years ago

Would a vote for Meek mean a win for Rubio?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="If Florida Democrats vote for Rep. Kendrick Meek (pictured), will Republican Marco Rubio win the Senate race?"](CNN) - A new poll out of Florida highlights a predicament facing the state's Democrats: will voting for their party's candidate ensure a victory for the Republican?

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday, Republican former state House Speaker Marco Rubio holds a 40 to 26 percent lead among likely voters over Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent after abandoning his bid for the Republican Party's nomination earlier this year. Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek trails behind with 21 points, while 13 percent remain undecided.

Related: Will Democrats vote for Charlie Crist?

Among registered voters, the race is statistically tied - 32 percent for Rubio, 29 for Crist, with Meek trailing at 22 percent.

But when asked whom they'd choose if Meek were not in the race, likely voters were statistically deadlocked, with 46 percent choosing Rubio and 45 percent picking Crist. When registered voters were asked who they'd choose between the two frontrunners, the results swung heavily in Crist's favor - he lead Rubio 50 percent to 38 percent.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 600 registered voters, 486 of which were identified as likely voters. Questions asked to all registered voters carry a sampling error of 4 percentage points, while questions asked to the likely voters have a sampling error of 4.6 points. The survey was conducted September 10-12.

The results are similiar to that of a recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released last week showing Rubio and Crist are tied among registered voters (36 percent back Rubio with 34 percent supporting Crist. Meek took a distant third with 24 percent).

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. wert

    Crist and Arlen Specter are living proof that the evil of those whose single goal in life is to rule over us is not confined to the Democrat party. Specter is a fossil who should have retired decades ago but, Crist could have survived to fight another day had he not been willing to gamble everything, including the best interests of the people, for his own political lust. How different might his future have been if, seeing the writing on the wall, he had said: "the people obviously want Mario Rubio for this job at this time. I'm going to support their choice." But, no, he chose to be just another "me first, last, and always" politician. Now his career is righfully over.

    September 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. barry

    It is so sad what Charlie Crist has done to Kendrick Meek. Crist knew he couldn't beat Rubio in the Republican Primary so the racist pig went after Kendrick Meek.

    September 16, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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