World-Renowned Poll Cruncher Awed by Crist's Popularity
For example, Silver found that the governor of Wyoming was the most skilled politician because he has high approval ratings despite being a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Republican state.
But Charlie checks in at No. 2, the nation's most popular governor of a large state. That's based on his high approval rating in the context of a state evenly divided between the two parties.
And though Crist doesn't get much buzz as a 2012 presidential contender, Silver (who by the way, predicted the state-by-state Obama victory with scary accuracy) seems to think Crist stands a better chance at getting the Republican nomination than the leading contenders -- Govs. Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Tim Pawlenty.