NY Times’ poll: Rick Scott leads Bill McCollum by 16 points

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With less than four weeks until the Aug. 24 primary election, Republican voters are increasingly supporting Rick Scott for governor over Bill McCollum.

About 41 percent of 243 Republican voters surveyed in The Florida Poll said they would support Scott, a former hospital company CEO. Attorney General McCollum had the backing of 25 percent. The Republican primary poll results have a margin of error of 6 percentage points.

No matter who wins the race for governor – Scott, McCollum, Democrat Alex Sink, independent Lawton “Bud” Chiles or any of a host of others – they’ll have to figure out quickly what voters said in the poll was their No. 1 issue: jobs.

Nearly six out of every 10 voters – 58 percent – in a new Florida Poll say the state of the economy and jobs are the No. 1 issue for them when it comes to deciding who will be the state’s next governor.

The Florida Poll was conducted by The New York Times Florida newspapers and the University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brian Crowley says that the poll is unfair to McCollum.

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