Charlie Crist 43%, Rick Scott 41%, says new PPP poll

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The latest Public Policy Polling survey finds Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican incumbent Rick Scott separated by just two points.

Crist leads Scott, 43 percent to 41 percent, with 15 percent of respondents saying they are undecided. That is a dramatic change to PPP’s last two surveys of Florida which showed Crist with double-digit leads over Scott. Of course, those polls were taken before Crist formally announced his campaign for governor.

Driving these numbers are the candidates’ mixed approval ratings: just 34 percent approve of Scott (compared with 51 percent who disapprove), and 36 percent view Crist favorably (compared with 46 percent who view him unfavorably).

Crist’s rival for the Democratic nomination, former Senator Nan Rich, should be able to find some comfort in PPP’s new survey. She trails Scott by only 6 points, 40-34, in the poll, indicating that in the unlikely event she were to defeat Crist, she would be viable against Scott. At least that’s what this poll says. 

The survey was conducted Jan. 16-21 and included 591 respondents.

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