A new poll released yesterday by Quinnipiac University, showed that the Florida gubernatorial race still shows that not only is former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leading Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott by a ten-point margin of 48 – 38 percent, but Charlie Crist is ahead by fifteen points as being the "more compassionate" of the two men.
In the all-important female vote, Crist leads Scott 51 – 33 percent. Men are divided in the matchup with 44 percent for Crist and 43 percent for Scott, but say 50 – 38 percent that Crist is more compassionate.
Independent voters back the Democrat 48 – 34 percent and say 52 – 31 percent he is more compassionate.
Quinnipiac University polled on the issue of "compassion," and in this category Crist leads Scott 50 – 35 percent. On this issue, women say he is more "compassionate" by a sixteen-point margin, 49 – 33 percent.
Part of the "lack of compassion" on Scott's part could be related to the state of Florida "opting out" of the "Medicaid cash expansion." Florida is one nineteen states that is "not moving forward" with the Medicaid portion of the Affordable Care Act.
The issue of accepting the free cash from the feds for Medicaid expansion is sure to become the central campaign issue. While Scott has said he opposes the Affordable Care Act, he has said he favors the "Medicaid cash expansion," but cannot get the Republican-dominated Florida legislature to approve the program.
However, Democrats question his commitment to the program, and how far he is willing to stick his neck out to accomplish bringing in the program. When Scott is asked about the program, he artfully dodges the question.
The poll results bears this out.
"Florida voters think former Gov. Crist is more compassionate, more honest and trustworthy and was a better governor than Gov. Scott. The difference may be simple: voters like Crist, whose strength always has been his ability to connect. Voters sometimes elect candidates they don't like personally, but not that often," Brown said.
Quinnipiac University also polled "same-sex marriage" and "in-state tuition for immigrants."
Florida voters support 56 - 39 percent allowing "same-sex couples to marry." Voters also say 55 - 41 percent that an "illegal immigrant" who attends high school in Florida should be eligible for the in-state tuition if the immigrant is accepted at a public college.
"A number of states already allow high school graduates in the United States illegally to qualify for the in-state tuition at their public colleges and Floridians seem to think it's a good idea," Brown said.
Poll notes: From April 23 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,413 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.
Quinnipiac poll results - Florida Governor's race