The number one question I have about the new Times/Herald poll showing Sink leading Scott & Crist

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The results of a poll commissioned by the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald are now on the street and, basically, it’s all good news for Alex Sink.

In a hypothetical match-up for governor in 2014, Sink would beat Rick Scott, 47 percent to 39 percent, with the rest undecided. Charlie Crist has a two-point edge over Scott in a similar match-up, 44 percent to 42 percent, but that’s within the poll’s margin of error.

“Alex Sink is much stronger against Scott in a rematch than Crist,” pollster Brad Coker said. “(Scott’s) dream race would be against Charlie Crist.”

The poll even shows that Sink is more popular than Crist, with her holding a better than 2-to-1 favorability rating.

Conversely, the poll is “ominous” news for Crist.

As I warned, but publicly and privately, Crist’s newfound partisan ship is costing him. The former governor has lost much of his popularity, with voters now evenly divided on whether they like him.

With all of this about 2014 being asked — from Rick Scott’s approval rating to Charlie Crist’s impact on the 2012 presidential race — the Times/Herald poll did not ask the $64,000 question.

To Democratic voters: “If the primary for governor were held today, would you vote for Charlie Crist or Alex Sink?”

That’s the question on everyone’s mind.

We all know Scott is very unpopular. And we all know that both Crist or Sink are polling ahead of Scott.

So why not ask the one question to which we do not know the answer?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.