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Florida Marginals
START
Hello, my name is __________ and I am conducting a survey for Suffolk
University and I would like to get your opinions on some political questions.
Would you be willing to spend five minutes answering some questions?
N=
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( 1/108)

800 100%
800 100%

GENDR
RECORD GENDER
N=
Male ...........................................
Female .........................................

800 100%
383 48%
417 52%

1
2

S2. Are you enrolled as a Democrat, Republican, or Independent / No Party
Affiliation?
N=
Democrat ....................................... 1
( 1/113)
Republican ..................................... 2
No party/Other ................................. 3
Und/Ref/Not reg ................................ 4

800 100%
326 41%
287 36%
187 23%
0
0%

S3. What is your age category?
N=
18-24 YRS ......................................
25-34 YRS ......................................
35-44 YRS ......................................
45-54 YRS ......................................
55-64 YRS ......................................
65-74 YRS ......................................
75+ YRS ........................................
Refused ........................................

800 100%
33
4%
50
6%
144 18%
168 21%
168 21%
144 18%
81 10%
12
2%

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

( 1/116)

S4. For statistical purposes only, can you please tell me what your ethnic
background / ancestry is?
N=
White/Caucasian ................................ 1
( 1/117)
Black/African-American ......................... 2
American Indian/Alaska Native .................. 3
Asian .......................................... 4
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander ......... 5
Hispanic/Latino ................................ 6
Other .......................................... 7
Don't know(DO NOT READ) ........................ 8

800 100%
536 67%
99 12%
5
1%
9
1%
5
1%
102 13%
20
3%
24
3%

PRE1
Great, I am going to read you a list of individuals in state and local
politics. For each, please tell me if your opinion of them is generally
favorable or generally unfavorable. If you are undecided or if you have never
heard of someone, just tell me that. First take Barack Obama.
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( 1/118)

800 100%
800 100%

Q1. Is your opinion of Barack Obama generally favorable or
unfavorable?
N=
Never heard ....................................
Favorable ......................................
Unfavorable ....................................
Heard of/Undecided .............................

800 100%
2
0%
361 45%
384 48%
53
7%

generally
1
2
3
4

Q2. Is your opinion of Rick Scott generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
N=
Never heard .................................... 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of/Undecided ............................. 4

1  
 

( 1/109)

( 1/119)

( 1/120)

800 100%
25
3%
232 29%
404 51%
139 17%

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Florida  Registered  Voters  

Q3. Is your opinion of Bill Nelson generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
N=
Never heard .................................... 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of/Undecided ............................. 4

( 1/121)

Q4. Is your opinion of Marco Rubio (ROO-be-oh) generally favorable or
generally unfavorable?
N=
Never heard .................................... 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of/Undecided ............................. 4

( 1/122)

Q5. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton generally favorable
unfavorable?
N=
Never heard ....................................
Favorable ......................................
Unfavorable ....................................
Heard of/Undecided .............................

( 1/123)

800 100%
118 15%
257 32%
207 26%
218 27%

800 100%
59
7%
321 40%
246 31%
174 22%

or generally
1
2
3
4

Q6. Is your opinion of Charlie Crist generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
N=
Never heard .................................... 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of/Undecided ............................. 4

( 1/124)

Q7. Is your opinion of Jeb Bush generally favorable or generally unfavorable?
N=
Never heard .................................... 1
( 1/125)
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of/Undecided ............................. 4

800 100%
1
0%
509 64%
220 28%
70
9%

800 100%
35
4%
363 45%
282 35%
120 15%

800 100%
14
2%
410 51%
284 36%
92 12%

Q8
The following are questions about Florida politicians and issues:
Q8. Do you think the country is heading in the right direction or is on the
wrong track?
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Right direction ................................ 1
( 1/126)
Wrong Track .................................... 2
Undecided ...................................... 3

800 100%
163 20%
525 66%
112 14%

Q9. Do you think that Florida is heading in the right direction or is on the
wrong track?
N=
Right direction ................................ 1
( 1/127)
Wrong Track .................................... 2
Undecided ...................................... 3

800 100%
231 29%
412 52%
157 20%

Q10. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as
President?
N=
Approve ........................................ 1
Disapprove ..................................... 2
Undecided ...................................... 3

800 100%
327 41%
398 50%
75
9%

Q11. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Rick Scott is
N=
Approve ........................................
Disapprove .....................................
Undecided ......................................

2  
 

( 1/128)

doing as Governor?
1
2
3

( 1/129)

800 100%
257 32%
398 50%
145 18%

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Q12. Is the recession over in Florida?
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Yes ............................................
No .............................................
Undecided ......................................

Florida  Registered  Voters  

( 1/130)

800 100%
29
4%
703 88%
68
9%

Q13. Which is more important to you: maintaining state services or cutting
state spending?
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Maintain services .............................. 1
( 1/131)
Cut spending ................................... 2
Undecided ...................................... 3

800 100%
334 42%
362 45%
104 13%

Q14. Thinking about the 2012 Republican Primary for President of the United
States, if the candidates were (READ LIST), for whom will you vote or toward
whom would you LEAN at this time?
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Michele Bachmann ............................... 01
( 1/132)
Herman Cain .................................... 02
Newt Gingrich .................................. 03
Jon Huntsman ................................... 04
Gary Johnson ................................... 05
Fred Karger .................................... 06
Ron Paul ....................................... 08
Rick Perry ..................................... 09
Buddy Roemer ................................... 10
Mitt Romney .................................... 11
Rick Santorum .................................. 12
Other (DO NOT READ) ............................ 13
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 14

287 100%
3
1%
69 24%
31 11%
5
2%
2
1%
0
0%
14
5%
27
9%
0
0%
71 25%
4
1%
4
1%
57 20%

Q15. If your first choice for the Republican Presidential nominee dropped out
of the race, who would you vote for instead (READ LIST) for whom will you vote
or toward whom would you LEAN at this time?
N=
Michele Bachmann ............................... 01
( 1/134)
Herman Cain .................................... 02
Newt Gingrich .................................. 03
Jon Huntsman ................................... 04
Gary Johnson ................................... 05
Fred Karger .................................... 06
Ron Paul ....................................... 08
Rick Perry ..................................... 09
Buddy Roemer ................................... 10
Mitt Romney .................................... 11
Rick Santorum .................................. 12
Other (DO NOT READ) ............................ 13
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 14

230 100%
17
7%
62 27%
32 14%
6
3%
0
0%
0
0%
7
3%
21
9%
0
0%
40 17%
5
2%
2
1%
38 17%

Q16. If the General Election for United States President were held today and
the candidates were:
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney for whom
will you vote or towards whom do you LEAN at this time?
N=
Obama .......................................... 1
( 1/136)
Romney ......................................... 2
Other .......................................... 3
Undecided ...................................... 4
Refused ........................................ 5

800 100%
334 42%
337 42%
39
5%
80 10%
10
1%

Q17. How about Barack Obama and Herman Cain?
N=
Obama ..........................................
Cain ...........................................
Other ..........................................
Undecided ......................................
Refused ........................................

1
2
3
4
5

( 1/137)

800 100%
338 42%
308 39%
32
4%
115 14%
7
1%

Q18. How about Barack Obama and Rick Perry?
N=
Obama ..........................................
Perry ..........................................
Other ..........................................
Undecided ......................................

1
2
3
4

( 1/138)

3  
 

1
2
3

 

800 100%
364 46%
273 34%
34
4%
119 15%

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Refused ........................................

5

Q19. How about Barack Obama and Ron Paul?
N=
Obama ..........................................
Paul ...........................................
Other ..........................................
Undecided ......................................
Refused ........................................

1
2
3
4
5

( 1/139)

Q20. How about Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich?
N=
Obama ..........................................
Gingrich .......................................
Other ..........................................
Undecided ......................................
Refused ........................................

1
2
3
4
5

( 1/140)

Q21. How satisfied are you with the Republican field of candidates?
N=
Very satisfied ................................. 1
Somewhat satisfied ............................. 2
Somewhat dissatisfied .......................... 3
Very dissatisfied .............................. 4
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 5

10

( 1/141)

1%

800 100%
348 44%
255 32%
39
5%
151 19%
7
1%

800 100%
361 45%
302 38%
40
5%
89 11%
8
1%

287 100%
25
9%
142 49%
64 22%
42 15%
14
5%

{ROTATE Q22 & Q23}
Q22. Assume for a moment that Marco Rubio was selected as the vice
presidential candidate of the Republican Party in 2012. Knowing this, would
you vote for the Democratic ticket of Obama-Biden or the Republican ticket
which would include Rubio as Vice President?
N=
Dem Ticket Obama-Biden ......................... 1
( 1/142)
Rep Ticket Nominee-Rubio ....................... 2
Independent candidate (DO NOT READ) ............ 3
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 4

800 100%
324 41%
369 46%
13
2%
94 12%

Q23. Assume for a moment that Hillary Clinton was selected as the vice
presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 2012-instead of Joe Biden.
Knowing this, would you vote for the Democratic ticket of Obama-Clinton or for
the Republican ticket?
N=
Dem Ticket Obama-Clinton ....................... 1
( 1/143)
Rep Ticket ..................................... 2
Independent candidate (DO NOT READ) ............ 3
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 4

800 100%
402 50%
330 41%
17
2%
51
6%

Q24. Now, if the 2012 general election for president were held today, would yo
u vote for a Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton or the Repu
blican ticket with Marco Rubio as Vice President?
N=
Dem Ticket Obama-Clinton ....................... 1
( 1/144)
Rep Ticket Nominee-Rubio ....................... 2
Independent candidate (DO NOT READ) ............ 3
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 4

800 100%
365 46%
345 43%
13
2%
77 10%

Q25. Thinking about how you feel going into the 2012 Presidential election,
which of the following statements comes closest to how you feel?
N=
I will vote democratic no matter what .......... 1
( 1/145)

800 100%
235 29%

I will vote republican no matter what ..........

2

233

29%

I will vote democratic only if the economy gets a 3
lot better

104

13%

I will vote republican only if the economy gets a 4
lot worse

41

5%

187

23%

Undecided ......................................

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Q26. Despite who you're personally voting for, who do you expect the next
president will be - Barack Obama or one of the Republican candidates?
N=
Barack Obama ................................... 01
( 1/146)
Michele Bachmann ............................... 02
Herman Cain .................................... 03
Newt Gingrich .................................. 04
Jon Huntsman ................................... 05
Gary Johnson ................................... 06
Fred Karger .................................... 07
Ron Paul ....................................... 09
Rick Perry ..................................... 10
Buddy Roemer ................................... 11
Mitt Romney .................................... 12
Rick Santorum .................................. 13
Other (DO NOT READ) ............................ 14
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 15

800 100%
308 39%
2
0%
69
9%
35
4%
2
0%
0
0%
0
0%
2
0%
38
5%
0
0%
116 15%
0
0%
17
2%
211 26%

Q27. Marco Rubio's Senate website says his parents came to America following
Fidel Castro's 1959 takeover. But media reports last week revealed they came
to the U.S. three years earlier, before Castro was in Cuba. Marco Rubio says
his parents were exiled from Cuba in 1961 when they tried to return. Do you
think Marco Rubio exaggerated his story or did he tell the truth?
N=
Exaggerated his story .......................... 1
( 1/148)
Told the truth ................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3

800 100%
329 41%
207 26%
264 33%

{Q27A – Q27C INCLUDED AFTER FIRST DAY OF FIELD}
Q27A. Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to
jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not re-elected?
N=
Yes ............................................ 1
( 1/149)
No ............................................. 2
Undecided ...................................... 3
Refused ........................................ 4

662 100%
326 49%
255 39%
77 12%
4
1%

Q27B. During these difficult economic times would you be in favor of stopping
monetary assistance to other countries until the United States can pay its own
bills?
N=
Yes ............................................ 1
( 1/150)
No ............................................. 2
Undecided ...................................... 3
Refused ........................................ 4

662 100%
492 74%
108 16%
60
9%
2
0%

Q27C. Would you be in favor of a flat tax to replace the current federal tax
rate?
N=
Yes ............................................ 1
( 1/151)
No ............................................. 2
Undecided ...................................... 3
Refused ........................................ 4

662 100%
330 50%
178 27%
152 23%
2
0%

Q28. Last November, in Florida's election for Governor for whom did you vote:
Republican Rick Scott, Democrat Alex Sink, Independence Party Candidate Peter
Allen, Independent Michael Arth, Independent Farid Khavari, Independent C.C.
Reed, or Independent Daniel Imperato {Im-per-AH-toe}, or did you not vote?
N=
Scott .......................................... 01
( 1/152)
Sink ........................................... 02
Allen .......................................... 03
Arth ........................................... 04
Khavari ........................................ 05
Reed ........................................... 06
Imperato ....................................... 07
Did not vote ................................... 08
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 09
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 10

800 100%
322 40%
314 39%
4
1%
3
0%
0
0%
4
1%
2
0%
102 13%
31
4%
18
2%

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Q29. Would you characterize Governor Rick Scott's first year on the job as
positive and productive, negative and damaging or as having little impact?
N=
Positive and productive ........................ 1
( 1/154)
Negative and damaging .......................... 2
Little impact .................................. 3
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 4
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 5

800 100%
211 26%
294 37%
211 26%
71
9%
13
2%

Q30. If you had the chance to vote again today would you vote for current
Governor Republican Rick Scott, his former opponent Democrat Alex Sink, or
someone else?
N=
Scott .......................................... 1
( 1/155)
Sink ........................................... 2
Someone else ................................... 3
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 4
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 5

800 100%
288 36%
292 37%
158 20%
53
7%
9
1%

Q31. Is Governor Rick Scott staying true to his campaign promises?
N=
Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

800 100%
328 41%
296 37%
171 21%
5
1%

( 1/156)

Q32. Do you agree with how Governor Rick Scott is governing the state?
N=
Yes ............................................ 1
( 1/157)
No ............................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

800 100%
285 36%
415 52%
95 12%
5
1%

Q33. What do you think is the most important issue facing the country right
now?
N=
Reducing the national debt ..................... 01
( 1/158)
Taxes .......................................... 02
Jobs and the economy ........................... 03
Schools and education .......................... 04
Health care .................................... 05
Military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya 06
Energy independence ............................ 07
Illegal immigration ............................ 08
Abortion policy ................................ 09
Same-sex marriage .............................. 10
Civil liberties ................................ 11
Terrorism and National Security ................ 12
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 13

800 100%
115 14%
20
3%
406 51%
32
4%
33
4%
29
4%
26
3%
32
4%
7
1%
6
1%
12
2%
21
3%
61
8%

Q34. What do you think is the second most important issue facing the country
right now?
N=
Reducing the national debt ..................... 01
( 1/160)
Taxes .......................................... 02
Jobs and the economy ........................... 03
Schools and education .......................... 04
Health care .................................... 05
Military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya 06
Energy independence ............................ 07
Illegal immigration ............................ 08
Abortion policy ................................ 09
Same-sex marriage .............................. 10
Civil liberties ................................ 11
Terrorism and National Security ................ 12
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 13

739 100%
124 17%
57
8%
154 21%
76 10%
86 12%
49
7%
13
2%
42
6%
4
1%
8
1%
8
1%
30
4%
88 12%

Q35. Are your values similar to the values of the Tea Party?
N=
Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3

800 100%
235 29%
407 51%
148 19%

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Refused (DO NOT READ) ..........................
Q36. Would you describe yourself as conservative, moderate
N=
Conservative ...................................
Moderate .......................................
Liberal ........................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

Florida  Registered  Voters  

4

10

1%

or liberal?
1
2
3
4

( 1/163)

800 100%
351 44%
288 36%
107 13%
54
7%

DEMO
THE FINAL TWO QUESTIONS WILL HELP US CLASSIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH OTHERS TAKING
THE SURVEY
N=
Continue ....................................... 1
( 1/164)

800 100%
800 100%

Q38. Are there any members of your household who are union
N=
Yes ............................................
No .............................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

800 100%
118 15%
670 84%
12
2%

Q39. Do you currently have children in the school system?
N=
Yes ............................................
No .............................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

7  
 

 

members?
1
2
3

( 1/165)

1
2
3

( 1/166)

800 100%
165 21%
623 78%
12
2%

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