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  Florida Governor: Davis (D) 40% Gallagher (R) 40%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 14, 2005

Election 2006

Florida Governor

Davis (D) 40%
Gallagher  (R) 40%
Other 4%


Election 2006

Florida Governor

Davis (D) 41%
Crist (R) 38%
Other 3%



November 16, 2005--Florida Governor Jeb Bush has a 60% Job Approval Rating but term limits prevent him from seeking another term. The race to be Florida's next Governor is a toss-up at this time.

Democrat Jim Davis is tied with Republican Tom Gallagher in a hypothetical match-up for Election 2006. Both Davis and Gallagher earn 40% of the vote.

When Davis is matched against Charley Crist, he leads the Republican 41% to 38%. In January, Rasmussen Reports will begin polling on the Republican Primary between Crist and Gallagher.

Both Crist and Gallagher are underperforming among GOP voters at this time. This may be due to the competition between them.

Related survey data shows Florida Senator Bill Nelson with a solid lead over Katherine Harris in his bid for re-election.

During Election 2006, Rasmussen Reports will poll at least once a month in every Senate and Governors' race. Our Election 2006 coverage will include more frequent measurement of competitive races.

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Name recognition for all three candidates is low enough for significant changes in perceptions to take place throughout the campaign.

Davis is viewed favorably by 51% of voters and unfavorably by 21%. For Gallagher, the numbers are 50% and 25% respectively. Crist is viewed favorably by 40% and unfavorably by 27%

None of the three reached the 20% mark in terms of "Very Favorable" perceptions. The two Republicans are each viewed Very Favorably by 18% of voters. Sixteen percent (16%) have a Very Favorable opinion of Davis.

Florida voters favor confirming Judge Alito to the Supreme Court by a 45% to 27% margin. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Nelsonís supporters say they believe Alito should be confirmed.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 14, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).

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