Charlie Crist isn't a favorite of Fox News and its viewers. Now, a new poll shows that dislike may be rubbing off on voters.I find this highly suspect - a poll conducted for Fox News finds Marco Rubio the state favorite. Fox News has been quiet on the governor's race and the Democrat is leading the Republican candidate by 8 points - we all know that they have been very vocal in pushing Rubio's candidacy and now their poll shows Rubio ahead by 16 points!
In a poll of 1,000 likely Florida voters conducted for the network on Sept. 11, Republican Marco Rubio was the favorite of 43 percent in the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Crist appointee George LeMieux. The governor, running as an independent, came in a distant second at 27 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek was favored by 21 percent.
Fox said Crist's fall could be due to his support for "liberal positions" and support for President Barack Obama.
There are some interesting things about the questionnaire - there is a higher amount of people, when compared to the national average, who are in support of repealing health care reform (54% - 27%). It is worth noting that most conservative pollsters put opposition of health care reform over 50 percent while the majority of other pollsters place it more realistically around 30 percent. Surprisingly, an overwhelming majority (71%) of respondents also stated that their choice was based on national political issues, as opposed to their feelings for the candidates themselves, meaning they don't know anything about the candidates and are only choosing who they are told to vote for - if they watch Fox News or listen to Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, or the tea party, that person is Marco Rubio.
It is interesting to note that the poll showed that only 38 percent of respondents considered Rubio to be trustworthy (40 percent found Crist to be trustworthy).
Either Fox has been very effective at electioneering or the Florida electorate is just unsure who to elect this fall - I am going with the former One question I would have liked to see on the poll is "What news source are you most likely to get your political information from?" Undoubtedly, the answer would have leaned towards "Fox News."