Florida Chamber poll: Rick Scott 44%, Charlie Crist 39%

in Uncategorized by

A new poll released today by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute shows Governor Rick Scott up 5 points over former Governor Charlie Crist.

The poll of 508 likely voters conducted between October 27 and 29 shows Scott bringing in 44 percent of voters compared to Crist’s 39 percent support.

“While the only poll that really matters is the one that takes place on Election Day, the Florida Chamber’s most recent poll shows Floridians are listening to the candidates and appear poised to keep Florida moving in the right direction,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber.

The poll was conducted using telephone interviews. Of those polled, 42 percent were Republican and 41 percent were Democrat.

The poll also shows Scott with 47 percent support among voters who have already cast a ballot; 42 percent said they already voted for Crist. Scott leads in all age categories 40 and above. Crist, however, is pulling more support from women.

In the race for Attorney General, the poll shows Pam Bondi leading her challenger, Democrat George Sheldon, 48-32 percent. Adam Putnam is leading the race for Florida Agriculture Commissioner 46 to 30 percent against Thaddeus Hamilton. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is leading William Ranking 40 to 32 percent.

The poll also looked at voter confidence. More Floridians believe Florida is headed in the right direction – 43 percent, up 3 points since September. Voters who believe Florida is headed in the wrong direction dropped from 44 percent one month ago to just 38 percent in the most recent poll.

Election Day is Tuesday.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.