October 12th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Wild swings in Florida gov. race

(CNN) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink has pulled to within one point of her GOP opponent and has taken a massive lead among independent voters in the Sunshine State, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that former health care executive Rick Scott, the Republican nominee, holds a 45 to 44 percent lead among likely voters over Sink, the state's chief financial officer. A Quinnipiac poll conducted at the end of September put Scott's lead at six points.

Independent voters, who in the previous Quinnipiac poll backed Scott by a 46 to 40 percent margin, now support Sink by a whopping 17 points, 51 to 34 percent.

The Democrat has also seen an improvement in her favorability rating. Among likely voters, Sink is seen as favorable by a 42 to 37 point margin, compared to an even 39 to 39 point split two weeks ago.

Scott, on the other hand, has seen his 41 to 40 point favorability rating slip to a negative rating of 39 to 46 percent.

Quinnipiac's poll was conducted by telephone from Oct. 6-10 with 1,055 likely Florida voters. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King will moderate a debate between Scott and Sink on Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. It will be broadcast during a special edition of John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET.

Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. bs

    Belief in the age of skepticism: while the world sleeps, we are rapidly approaching the end of time.

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    October 12, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. D. Bunker

    Nice to see the sane and rational residents of Florida (ie, the non-teatards) are realizing that Scott is a corrupt elitist with no concern for average Main St. Americans. We've had enough of greedy millionaires and billionaires trying to buy seats for the GOBP. Returning those pathetic anti-American traitors to power would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or a the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship, Remember, if you liked the ditch they drove America into last time, you'll love the canyon they're aiming for now!

    October 12, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. diridi

    FL, do not be indoctrinated by old idiots...go vote for Democratic person....do not care for any thing....old junk want free medicare, free Army money, free all.....nation is messed because of GOP nasty tricks on wars....we need education....it takes time for jobs....o.k.....we need manufacturing, and fuel efficiency, and energy...energy and energy savers....God bless obama....he is the best....

    October 12, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...the Republican nominee, holds a 45 to 44 percent lead among likely voters over Sink..."

    OH wow – and the so-call 'LIKELY VOTERS" are those ENERGETIC RepubliCAN'Ts....LMAO!!!! That's what happens when you only POLL the RIGHT; eventually, the numbers start SINKing (no pun intended) and now it's a whole another story with a different ending!!!!

    DEMOCRATS in FL – "NOW YOU'RE TALKING" – FIGHTING and UNITING and it will pay off in the end. Now, work on Rubio and get either CRIST or MEEK together to BEAT HIM!!!

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

    October 12, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Barry

    I never thought Scott had a chance. Amazing!

    October 12, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. stela-fl

    hey I've haven't voted yet, and you claiming this bozo..scott is 1 point away! This guy stinks! and he's not going to win! Floridians real floridians not the ones that come here to fest and hate on us, are going to vote for Sink!

    October 12, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Edward

    Let's show them that we remember who took this country off course. Let us remind them that we know who puts big business before the middle class. It takes more than 2 years to fix the economy that they left us. From 750,000 jobs lost per month just two years ago to small but improving job growth in the private sector yet they say that the stimulus has made things worse. Democrats get out there and vote and make sure that you bring 4-5 people who otherwise would not vote with you.

    October 12, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Adalbert

    The pompous, patriotic christians of the so called “law and order” crowd has picked a rich criminal to run for governor. And now they are trying to unite to promote this sleazy criminal Scott to be governor. Just how far today’s republicans are willing to sink into the gutter to gain power?

    October 12, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Eric Smith

    I'm a democratic leaning independent voter who can see alot of thing for what its worth ethier the democratic bass in florida is starting to show signs of life or the speacial intrest campaign money is starting to fuel her to these undocumented donations are makeing there way all around is there anything left that hasnt been bent/tanted by the will of these unknown intrest groups everything has a price even american lifes it seem Sink should enjoy the good news while it last before some group throws alittle extra cash to her opponent

    October 12, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    Yes the Dem's will lose some seats in Congress (as history has shown for Bush, Clinton, etc. But this bloodbath that some pundits are predicting isn't going to happen. The GOP favorability rating is LOWER than the Dem's in Congress. They can't keep running against Obama. They now have to show waht they can run on.

    What record does the GOP have to run on?? What proof of fiscal responsibility do they have to run on? The deficit climbed during Bush. National debt climbed during Bush. Two wars (should have only been 1) were waged. The finincial crisis,etc. So again, please tell me what record does the GOP have to run on?

    October 12, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Sgt. Joe

    Great news! Floridians have to be as sick of the GOP lies and fringe loonies as the rest of us are.

    October 12, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Gobama!

    The last 2 elections, polls favored a GOP win, but the dems won landslides anyway, and the polling turned out to be wrong. This election shows closer polls than either of those 2 and the GOP expects to gain majority? Talk about being out of touch with reality.

    October 12, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. a in austin

    Scott is a crook – how could voters overlook this? You vote for Scott, you get what you deserve!

    October 12, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    Scott's company purposely defrauded Medicare. How is he even a viable candidate in a state full of retirees? Where have our standards gone?

    October 12, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Dean

    Blah, blah, blah...there's only one poll that matters.

    Vote Republican.

    October 12, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |