Crist Could Be Elected Ms. Florida if He Wanted, but Floridians Like Him as Gov

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Oh, that Charlie Crist -- he's so popular. Quinnipiac, always interested in exactly how popular, finds that Charlie can be pretty much elected to anything he wants. But 41 percent of Floridians prefer he seeks re-election as governor, compared to 22 percent who would like to see him run for Senate. The poll shows he could easily win either.

That's the kind of power a 67 percent approval rating gets you. That includes a 66 percent approval rating among Democrats, though it must not have hurt that Q began calling people up the day after Crist shared the stage with President Obama in Fort Myers.

Crist easily wins the Republican primary for the Senate seat if he wants it. If he doesn't, the honor goes to Rep. Connie Mack IV.

Marco Rubio continues to struggle in the polls; his unfavorable rating outranks the favorable one by six points. He also has the weird distinction of being better known by Democrats than his own party, and, boy, the Democrats do not like him: 23 percent find him unfavorable. That's larger than the favorable rating for the best-known Democrat in the poll.

Over on the Dem side, everyone seeking that party's nomination for Senate continues to be little known.
Here's an indication: Rep. Kendrick Meek, who might as well be the frontrunner at this point, is seen as favorable by only 22 percent of Democrats, while 72 percent have never heard of him (compared to 80 percent of all Floridians). Rep. Ron Klein scores 20 percent approval in his party, Dan Gelber gets 5 percent, and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio gets 15 percent.

When it comes to a head-to-head matchup, Gelber seems to get the 5 percent that have actually heard of him and approve, and that's it. Iorio and Meek are tied with 16 percent, and 43 percent have no idea yet who they're going to vote for.

Read the rest of the Q-Poll here if you love numbers.  
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