Press Release for Friday, April 20, 2007

Poll Shows Approval of Crist as Florida Governor--Giuliani & Clinton Lead Presidential Rac

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102




A new University of North Florida poll shows that Floridians approve of the job Charlie Crist is doing as governor. The poll also reveals Florida Democrats would vote for Hillary Clinton and Florida Republicans would vote for Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential race, if it were held today.

“Governor Crist’s standing among Democrats is remarkable. His bi-partisan appeal is strong,” said Dr. Matt Corrigan, UNF political science professor. “Senator Clinton and Mayor Guliani are in the lead in the Florida vote for their nominations, but many are undecided and some voters are not satisfied with the choices.”

The supervised poll, conducted between April 2 and April 13, was conducted at the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at UNF and was performed through the use of Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing.

The survey includes 601 likely Florida voters. For this survey, a likely voter is an individual who is registered to vote at their address in Florida; has shown a history of voting behavior by voting in the 2006 election for Florida governor; and is planning on voting in the 2008 presidential primary election. Margin of error for the entire sample is +/-4 percent and +/-6.2 percent for the Democratic and Republican sub samples.

Among the findings:

--Of the likely voters surveyed, 77 percent report approving of the job Charlie Grist is doing as Florida governor. Of Republicans, 81 percent approved. Seventy-three percent of Democrats approve of his performance.

--Among Democratic likely voters for the Democratic presidential primary in 2008, Hillary Clinton is the first choice, with Barack Obama second. Thirty-five percent of Democrats reported a preference for Clinton, if the election were held today. About 20 percent of respondents chose Obama and about 9 percent chose John Edwards.

--If the election were held today, 31 percent of Republican voters reported that they would vote for Rudy Giuliani, with John McCain coming in second at 14 percent.

--Among Republican voters, 24 percent reported the Iraq war as the most important issue, with 21 percent reporting that the wider war on terror was the most important issue.

--The Iraq War is the most important issue among 42 percent of Democratic likely voters. The second most frequent response was health care at 16 percent.

--Republicans report a lower level of satisfaction with their candidates for president compared to their Democratic counterparts. Seventy-seven percent of respondents who are registered Democrats reported being either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the Democratic candidates for president. Republican respondents reported 64 percent.

--Thirty-eight percent of Republican voters said that personal issues of candidates, such as past divorces, are important to them when they decide to vote; however, 59 percent of Republicans viewed them as unimportant.

For complete survey results, go to http://www.unf.edu/development/news/pressreleases/PDFs/2008-Presidential-Primary-Poll.pdf .




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