Hot on the heels of his announcement he'd file a lawsuit if any health-care legislation passes in Washington that would force people to buy insurance, Attorney General Bill McCollum finds himself with a ten-point lead in the gubernatorial race.
According to a new poll from Quinnipiac, Republican Bill McCollum is up 41 percent to his Democratic challenger CFO Alex Sink's 31 percent, with 25 percent of voters still undecided. Sink leads only among Democrats and with voters in South Florida. Sink is actually down from the 32 percent she polled in October, while McCollum has improved on the 36 percent he had then.
Sink is still relatively unknown throughout the state. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say they didn't have an opinion of her. But of those who did, the vast majority had a favorable one. Fifty percent of Floridians, though, had an opinion of McCollum, with 35 percent responding favorably compared to 15 percent who found him unfavorable.
Fourty-nine percent think McCollum's idea to sue if health-care reform passes is a good idea, and only 32 percent approve of the proposed changes to health care. It's a different story in South Florida, where 49 percent approve of health-care reform, and 55 percent think McCollum's idea is a bad one.
Elsewhere, the poll shows that while 55 percent of Floridians think drilling off Florida's coast is a good idea, 53 percent responded it would be a bad idea if that drilling happened five miles offshore. Interestingly, Republican-leaning Southwest Florida is by far the region most against the five-mile proposal.
Fifty-one percent of Floridians think there should be no immigration exceptions made in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti; however, 52 percent of voters in South Florida approve of exceptions.
A similar situation is found with the 50 percent of Floridians who disapprove of Obama's decision to grant TPS to Haitians, while 65 percent of South Floridians approve the decision.
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