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Crist’s lead over Scott shrinks to within margin of error in Democratic firm’s new poll

by George Bennett | January 22nd, 2014

Trailing Democrat Charlie Crist by double digits in polls last year, Gov. Rick Scott has pulled within the margin of error in a new Public Policy Polling survey.

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.

7 Responses to “Crist’s lead over Scott shrinks to within margin of error in Democratic firm’s new poll”

  1. timtopper Says:

    Crist never purposely did anything to defraud or hurt the people. Scott was the CEO of the company that committed the largest fraud in the history of the medicare program. His deposition is posted on youtube. Every registered voter needs to watch it. I have never witnessed anyone act so stupid and dimwitted as he did during his questioning.

    In additon much of his legislative agenda is now winding it way through the court system as judges declare it unconstitutional. Fearing this he attempted to stack the court system with his very own selections. Luckily he was largely unsuccessful.

    Scott only looks out for his special interest contributors; insurance–auto and homeowners, FPL, Sugar and developers. He could care less about the citizens of Florida.

    Bondi is just a Scott rubber stamp. Both need to be sent packing.

    At least Crist is essentially harmless, and can actually get soemthing done to right the sails of our rudderless clown in Tallahassee.

    It is unfortunate that our elections come down to having to vote for the candidate who will do the least harm. Crist has to get the nod here. Scott is a lose cannon.

  2. no charlie Says:

    Didnt charlie crist and bill nelson sign in that tax our eyeballs our hurricane castrophe fund??? A TAX on every bill that DID NOT prevent our ho ins or ded from rising?? But sure helped those ins co???
    Wasnt it charlie who left us with those high motorist fees???
    Wasnt it charlie who ran a republican and for now a dem???
    No thanks to charlie been there done that????

  3. Ken Willey Says:

    Translation: We are only going to tell you about the Republican and Democratic candidates. Pretend there are no other choices.

    Given this choice I would predict a high percentage are choosing the lesser of two evils. The other 16% of “undecided” either chose that because their candidate wasn’t offered, or they want to be put out of their misery before the election.

    Include all candidates who are making a concerted effort to campaign around the state in polls. This means include Adrian Wyllie ( and let’s see what happens with polls.

  4. J Burkiewicz Says:

    You have the current corrupt Republican Governor Rick Scott and the former corrupt Republican Governor chain gang Charlie Crist verses the only honest man in this race Adrian Wyllie.

  5. steve Says:

    now because of Rick Scott and Pam Bondi people who have legitmate need for perscription medication and have been taking this for 20 yrs… It’s allows me to have a quality of life and allows me to control the daily pain I suffer constantly. this allows me to work and support my family. I pay all my taxes and take nothing in return. Today I have beem to 6 pharmacies and none had my MEDICATION. This has got to stop. 12 INCH Medical Records, a pain Management Doctor, Over 20 yrs Meedical history and the pharmacies are not able to get the medications people take to treat dibilitating and chronic pain. This Ain’t Right and needs to stop!!!

  6. steve Says:

    All the while the people of the state of Florida, one in which I’m one, a registered republican and know the people will vote to Legalize Medical Marijuana. Gov Scott you’re making Republicans Look Bad by siding against this issue. As mentioned above your pressure on the pharmacies are hurting patients and while you continue to bash medical marijuana is not helpful to our party. This is surely not limited government principles, while letting people take personal responsibility. It’s not the job of Govt to regulate individual’s lives and LIBERTY. Besides yhe perscription data base was suppose to fix dr shoppers

  7. NoDino Says:

    The polling comparing Scott to Nan Rich will change as people get to know Nan. And Florida has a history of electing the underdog. Her press coverage is picking up steam and her grassroots ground game is building and energized! Don’t count her out!!

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