New UNF poll shows Charlie Crist with one-point lead over Rick Scott

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist holds a narrow lead over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott in the 2014 Florida governor’s race, with about the same number either on the fence of backing someone else, according to a new University of North Florida poll released Monday.

Despite spending most of his political career as a Republican, Crist remains the Democratic favorite for his old job with 34 percent versus 33 percent for the incumbent.

The poll of 507 registered voters found 34 percent of voters are undecided with 17 percent supporting someone else other than Scott or Crist; 17 percent are still undecided.

Scott’s approval rating has also dropped slightly, with 45 percent of respondents approve while 39 percent disapprove.

An October UNF poll had Scott’s approval rating at 49 percent  with 42 percent disapproval.

The survey of registered Florida voters was taken March 6-16, with a margin of error of +/- 4.35 percent.

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