41% in Florida More Likely to Vote For Independent This Election, 30% Less Likely


As Independent candidate Charlie Crist continues to run neck-and-neck with Republican Marco Rubio in the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, the plurality of voters in the state say they are more likely to vote for a candidate not affiliated with either party this election than they have been in the past.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds that 41% say they are more likely to pull the lever for an independent candidate this election than in past elections.  Thirty-percent (30%) say they are less likely to do so this year, while 19% say their likelihood is about the same this year as it has been in the past.  Ten percent (10%) are not sure.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats in Florida say they are more likely to vote for an independent candidate, compared to 44% of unaffiliateds and 33% of Republicans.

Polling conducted earlier this year found Republican Governor Charlie Crist running well behind GOP challenger and political newcomer Marco Rubio.  In early May, Crist decided to enter the race as an independent candidate and has since drawn strong support in a three-way match up with Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

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This statewide telephone survey of 750 Likely Voters in Florida was conducted on July 21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Fifty percent (50%) of voters in Florida say they have voted for an independent candidate not affiliated with either major party, while 42% have not.
Less young adults admit to voting for an independent candidate than their elders.  Meanwhile, slightly more males have voted for an unaffiliated candidate in the past than females.

To read more, visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/florida/41_in_florida_more_likely_to_vote_for_independent_this_election_30_less_likely

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