October 28th, 2010
10:07 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Sink has advantage, Rubio maintains lead in Florida

(CNN) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink has a slight advantage over her opponent, Republican Rick Scott, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Sink, the state's chief financial officer, leads 45 percent to 41 percent over Scott, a former health care executive, while 11 percent of likely voters said they are still undecided in the October survey. Sink's four point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.

Nine percent of those who named a candidate said they might still change their mind, underscoring the precariousness of the hotly contested race just a week before Election Day.

"With one in eight voters still in play and Scott's supporters slightly more solid in support, this race looks like it will go to the finish line as a dead heat," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

A Quinnipiac Poll released in early October indicated that Scott held a 45 to 44 percent lead among likely voters over Sink.

In the state's Senate race, Republican Marco Rubio continues to lead independent Gov. Charlie Crist 42 to 35 percent, while Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek trailed by 15 percent, according to the poll.

In a Quinnipiac Poll taken on October 13, Rubio got 44 percent of likely voters to Crist's 30 percent. Twenty-two percent of likely voters chose Meek, indicating a sharp decline in support for the Democrat over the last two weeks.

"With his supporters less likely to change their minds than those of his two opponents, Marco Rubio is in the driver's seat with only five days to go until Election Day," Brown said. "Most of the closure came not from Rubio voters deserting him, but from Congressman Kendrick Meek's voters moving to Crist."

Brown also noted that though Rubio's lead has narrowed slightly to Crist, the Republican-turned-independent governor still faces external factors that could work against him on Election Day.

"He is listed at the bottom of the ballot below a number of unknown independent and minor party candidates. And, since he is without a party, he lacks the ground operation that the Democrats and Republicans have to turn out their voters," Brown said.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from October 18-24, and surveyed 784 likely voters by live interviewers. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio • Polls • Rick Scott
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Let's go Independents. Man up. Sink as governor would be a disaster.

    October 28, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Cosmo

    Rubio has really helped his cause by appearing in the GOP's hunk calendar. I know I would elect my Senator on the basis of how he/she looked partially clad lying on a bunch of fish nets. Can the American publice become any more stupid? I shuuder at the apparent answer.

    October 28, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. catfishjoe

    Too the PRO-CHOICE liberals, please explain to me why you have taken away my choice to have or not have health Insurance. It is my body.

    October 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. thomas

    Companies fight to keep global warming data secret

    October 28, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Adalbert

    The Florida rich, the evangelicals, the hicks and the rednecks are all right wing fanatics. They vote teebagger/republican even if that person is a well known crook. Rubio and Scott are a excellent examples of this ideological blindness.

    October 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. david

    I find it hard to understand why any Florida Citizen would vote for a person who stole so many taxpayer dollars from Medicaid and Medicare; then refused to cooperate with a federal investigation into the theft by taking the fifth. No doubt this man is using stolen tax dollars to fund his campaign. Wake up Floridians, Scott is a crook!

    October 28, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. fayse1

    This is a shame, I watched the three way debate of Rubio,Crist and Meek. Crist appeared to be arrogant, Rubio, just as arrogant, kept spouting "Tea Party" slogans and rehearsed rubber stamp Republican tirade with no real solutions. Kendrick Meek actually made sense. However, in this day and age everything is backwards.

    October 28, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Layla

    Marco Rubio is an exciting candidate and hopefullly there will continue to be younger, more innovative candidates coming forth. Crist continues to embarrass all who ever placed their trust in him. The man is a used car salesman. If a price were placed on buying that Senate seat, he would pay it.

    Sink has an unremarkable record of mediocrity in Florida politics and lost millions for the state under her tunure. Yet there are crossover liberal Republicans who will support her because of Bill McCollum's unwillingness to endorse Rick Scott until recently. If this Governor's race goes to Alex Sink, it will be because of Bill McCollum.

    What is so surprising is that candidates who lose elections won't endorse their opponent. Instead they continue to run. What is it about the "will of the people" they refuse to respect?

    October 28, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Marco Rubio will be a very good senator for Florida!
    One hopes to see a strong Republican majority in Florida in 2012, the hour of total repudiation of our Obama error. Many senior citizens reside in Florida, and it was surprising to them when President Obama abandoned them for voters who have never contributed enough to society to deserve retirement. Surely our wise older citizens will correct their presidential votes in 2012 and dump President Obama.

    October 28, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. AC

    Surprise surpise, Rove knows that Palin the QUITTER! is unfit for any political job. Her response is sophomoric. Believe me when I say Rove knows how dangerous Palin is to the Republican party. Come on Palin, besides using sound bites say something smart?


    October 28, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. stevegee

    We The People have two choices on November 2nd:

    Vote for freedom and liberty, a free market economy, and individual responsibility and opportunity – vote Republican.


    Vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtaxing, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    October 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Marty, FL

    Go Alex for FL governor!
    Our state simply cannot afford Scott with his worst Medicare fraud in US history.

    Go Crist for US Senate!
    I like Meek but feel Crist has the best chance to win against the far-right & hypocritical Rubio.

    October 28, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Florida Joe

    The people of Florida need to wake up and understand that Rubio & Scott are a TERRIBLE combination for our state.
    Scott is a theif and should be in jail his company stole Billions from the Govt. We cannot afford to have this theif in the Gov office.
    I'm a lifelong Democrat but had to support Charlie Crist as Meeks has no shot......VOTE SINK & CRIST!!!!!

    October 28, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    The ONLY thing that's going to SINK in the tRICK race is SCOTT!!!

    It's DIM Mr. Meek
    How about giving UP your Seat
    If you rally behind Crist you'll KNOW
    It'll DESTROY R U B I O

    You fought with all your MIGHT
    I enjoyed your COURAGE and your FIGHT
    Walk away and be PROUD Mr. Meek
    For helping to get rid of RUBIO the FREAK!!!

    (Whew – I hope that worked!!!! LOL) FLORIDA – Yes We Can defeat RUBIO & SCOTT!!!

    THis is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!! GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!

    October 28, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |