Crist’s lead over Scott shrinks to within margin of error in Democratic firm’s new pollby George Bennett | January 22nd, 2014
Republican Gov. Rick Scott is gaining ground on Democrat Charlie Crist and has moved into a virtual tie in the 2014 governor’s race, a new poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling says.
Crist gets 43 percent and Scott gets 41 percent in the poll of 591 Florida voters conducted Jan. 16-21. The poll’s margin of error wasn’t immediately available, but previous PPP polls with similar sample sizes have had a margin of error of about 4 percent, which would mean Scott and Crist are effectively even. PPP’s last gubernatorial poll in October showed Crist with a 50-to-38 percent lead. Crist held a 52-to-40 percent lead in a March 2013 PPP poll.
Voters have negative opinions of both Scott and Crist. Asked about Scott’s job performance, 34 percent approve and 51 percent disapprove. Asked a slightly different question about Crist, 36 percent said they have a favorable view and 46 percent unfavorable.
Scott defeats the other Democrat seeking the governorship, former state Sen. Nan Rich, by a 40-to-34 percent margin.
The PPP survey suggests Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi could face a tight re-election contest. She leads Democrat George Sheldon by a 37-to-34 percent margin and has a 37-to-35 percent edge over Democratic state Rep. Perry Thurston.
Some other highlights of the new poll are after the jump…
Also in the new PPP survey:
** Florida voters have a negative view of President Barack Obama, with 44 percent approving of his job performance and 48 percent disapproving.
** The Affordable Care Act gets 40 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval.
** A potential statewide ballot question on legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana is supported by a 65-to-23 percent margin in the poll. That question is awaiting verification of petition signatures and Florida Supreme Court review.
** Six years after a ban on gay marriage was added to the state constitution with 61.9 percent approval by Florida voters, the new PPP poll finds 47 percent of Floridians believe same-sex marriage should be allowed and 44 percent are opposed.
** Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson gets a positive job approval rating of 40 percent, with 35 percent disapproving. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio‘s job performance is viewed favorably by 43 percent and unfavorably by 45 percent.