| August 19, 2009 | 3:18pm
Been a long time since we've had some hot political poll action around these parts. Luckily today we got figures from both Rasmussen and Quinnipoac in various races.
First to the Senate soap opera. As of right now it's safe to say Charlie Crist is still pretty much going to win this thing unless photos emerge of him literally kissing President Obama's feet. In The Rasmussen poll he leads Marco Rubio 53%-31%, with only 11% undecided. In the Q Poll Crist cruises Rubio 55%-26%. Though that's a 1% increase for Christ since June 10th, and 3% for Rubio.
Bad news for Charlie Crist is that he's facing his highest ever disapproval numbers which are really not that bad: only 30% disapprove of his job handling. 60% still approve, including 66% of Republicans, 54% of Democrats, and 63% of independents.
It might be something of a trend, as both of sitting senators are also dealt record disapproval ratings.
47% think Sen. Bill Nelson is doing a swell job, while 28% do not. Meanwhile, in what will probably be the last polling data on Mel Martinez before he exits he got a 37% job approval rate, with a 39% disapproval. Is their any question why he really resigned?
Meanwhile, basically no one has ever heard of the Democrats running for Senate. Kendrick Meek leads with 18%. The same share he got in the June poll.
The Governor's race presents a less certain picture. Republican Bill McCollum leads Democrat Alex Sink 38-34%. That's a reversal of June when Sink lead 38-34%. The shift seems to be coming from independents who are suddenly taking a shine to McCollum.
McCollum has a 42-26 favoribility split, with a 53% job approval rating.
Sink's problem is that she remains much less well known that McCollum with a 23-8% favorability rating, while 67% has no opinion. That should change as we get closer to November 2010.
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