Strategic Vision has just released the results of its latest poll of 1,200 Florida voters. The respondents were Florida residents over 18 who say they are likely to vote in the election. The margin of error in the poll is + or – 3%
The first questions they asked had to do with the voters’ opinion of the Bush Administration. When they asked if the respondents approve or disapprove of the President’s overall performance, 37% said they approve, 58% disapprove and 5% are undecided. These figures are pretty close to the latest reported national figures.
They then went into specifics on the different issues that are foremost in the minds of the voters. When they asked about how the President is handling the economy, 31% approved, 57% disapproved, and 12% are undecided. The President comes out worse on the issue of Iraq with, 25% approving, 64% disapproving and 11% undecided. They asked how he is doing on the war on terrorism in general and he does better on this one than on the war in Iraq with 40% approving, 42% disapproving, and 8% undecided.
Only Republicans got asked a question about whether or not President Bush is a conservative like Ronald Regan and 9% said yes, 74% said no, and 17% were undecided.
Next, they focused on Congress and 20% approve of the way congress is doing it job, 67% disapprove and 13% are undecided. Next they asked if they thought that the Democratic Congress has a better plan for the war in Iraq than the President does. 18% said yes, 68% said no, and 14% are undecided. It seems the voters in Florida do not have confidence that anyone will come up with a satisfactory plan.
Most of the voters favor an immediate withdrawal from Iraq with 51% saying yes, 38% saying no and 11% being undecided.
Other questions were asked about the Governor and the two senators from Florida and how the voters view their job performance. Governor Charlie Crist is doing very well with 71% approving, 20% disapproving and 9% undecided. Both Senators have an approval rating higher than the Congress as a whole.
Senator Bill Nelson has 54% who approve of him, 35% who disapprove and 12% who are undecided. Senator Mel Martinez comes in with 43% approving, 12% disapproving and 15% undecided.
This next one was only asked of republican voters. They asked who the voter’s first choice would be for the Republican nomination and it came out this way
Rudy Giuliani 34%, Fred Thompson 18%, Mitt Romney 10%, John McCain 8%, Newt Gingrich 3%, Tom Tancredo 3%, Mike Huckabee 3%, Ron Paul 2%, Sam Brownback 1% Tommy Thompson 1%, Duncan Hunter 1% and 16% are undecided.
This poll was taken before Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race.
Next they wanted to know just how important it is for the Republican candidate to also be a conservative in the mode of Ronald Regan and 48% said it was very important, 24% said it was somewhat important, 5% said it was not very important, 14% not important and 9% were undecided.
Next it was the Democrats turn to talk about who was their first choice for the Democratic nomination and it came out this way: Hillary Clinton 40%, Barack Obama 20%, John Edwards 16%, Bill Richardson 9%, Joseph Biden 3%, Christopher Dodd 1%, Dennis Kucinich 1% and 10% are undecided.
The last question was only asked of Democrats also. They asked what the voters are looking for most in a candidate
Charisma got 20%, experience 24% and ideology got 38%.
Source: Strategic Vision http://www.strategicvision.biz