Florida Chamber poll of ’14 gov’s race: Crist 46%, Scott 41% (but Scott’s favorability improving)

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Rick Scott’s favorability rating continues to climb while the polling gap between him and likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist continues to close. This according to new survey results presented by Marian Johnson, senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, during the Future of Florida Forum.

Scott’s job approval rating continues to remain positive, with 47 percent of likely voters approving of the job he’s doing. At the same time, Crist’s favorability is dropping – down to 43 percent.

“While top concerns for voters remain jobs and the economy, their support of Gov. Scott is a signal they approve of his strong ability to create private-sector jobs,” said Johnson. “It’s likely that voters also remember that while Governor Scott gave Florida’s great school teachers a raise this year, it was Charlie Crist who actually vetoed a bill (SB6) that would have boosted teacher pay.”

Despite his improving approval rating in this poll, Scott trails Crist 46 to 41 percent in a head-to-head matchup, but the Governor handily leads former Senator Nan Rich, 40 to 29 percent.

The poll, conducted on October 4-8, 2013, by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Additional results show:

— Education and healthcare round out the top three issues voters are most concerned about – 14 percent and 11 percent respectively.

— President Obama’s favorability rating was nearly split: 49 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable

— A majority (51 percent) oppose the Affordable Care Act.

— Nearly 70 percent believe the number of lawsuits filed in Florida is a problem.

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