For the first time in his nearly four years in office, Crist’s popularity slid below the important 50-percent benchmark according to a Mason-Dixon poll released today. That’s down from 51 percent in the same poll in May.
The survey suggests that Crist’s gamble in April to flee the Republican Party in the face of a strong primary challenge from ultra-conservative former House Speaker Marco Rubio isn’t paying off, said Mason-Dixon managing director Brad Coker.
It also shows that the moderate Crist continues to pay the price for embracing President Barack Obama’s budget-busting economic stimulus recovery plan, which voters rate as a failure, Coker said. Obama’s popularity in Florida, 44 percent, mirrors Crist’s.
“It’s almost like they’re joined at the hip,” Coker said. “I don’t see how Crist recovers from this.”
Only 31 percent of voters feel the economic stimulus package has improved the economy, while 35 percent say it has hurt the economy, according to the poll.