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Crist Remains Popular

November 18th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

For the first time in 12 years, Florida turned blue and voted for Barack Obama. Voters here also replaced 2 Republican Congressmen with Democrats. Still, as Mike Vasilinda tells us, Floridas Republican Governor remains exceptionally popular.

Hear it Here: Crist Remains Popular

Charlie Crist promised property taxes would Drop like a rock. It was more like a pebble. He tackled high property insurance rates and got mixed reviews. Yet his popularity remains extremely high. A poll by Quinnipac University found if Crist were up for re-election today, he would win. 68 percent approve of the job he is doing.

His numbers for a sitting Governor are very impressive, Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown said. Especially for a sitting Governor in very tough economic times.

Even here in Tallahassee, which is solidly Democratic, Crist enjoys a 70 percent approval rating.

Crist dodged reporters and spent the day hob-nobbing with state lawmakers as they organized after the election. Former Republican House Speaker Alan Bense believes the Governors popularity comes from reaching across the aisle.

Hes thoughtful, hes energetic, and hes optimistic for Florida, Bense said. And I think people are looking for a leader like that today.

Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson almost endorsed Crist in 2006.

The people really trust him at this point and depending on how we come out of these economic conditions here, will determine whether his popularity will continue to soar at a high level, Lawson said.

Even with the accolades, re-election is still two years away, and the economy isnt cooperating. But for now, Charlie Crist is more than twice as popular as George Bush.

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