Rick Scott 41%, Charlie Crist 38%, according to new Florida Chamber poll

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New polling from the Florida Chamber of Commerce gives Republican Gov. Rick Scott a three-point lead over likely Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, with a margin of 41-38%.

The survey also found that more voters are confident with the economic progress of the Sunshine State.

According to the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll of 806 likely voters, in the last eight months, voter confidence increased to 43% of respondents saying the state is going in the right economic direction; 41% said they felt the state is moving in the wrong direction.

“I’ve been saying for a long time the voters of Florida appreciate leadership and the Florida Chamber’s poll is an indicator voters believe our state is headed in the right direction again,” said Chamber President Mark Wilson. “Governor Rick Scott’s favorability numbers are increasing, voters recognize more jobs and opportunities are being created for Floridians and they are feeling more confident.”

In the poll of the governor’s race, Libertarian candidate also received 4%, with the remaining 8% going to “another candidate.”

Rick Scott’s approval numbers are on the rise, as 45% of voters hold a favorable view of the incumbent, with 43% saying unfavorable. More than half of respondents approve of Scott’s job performance (52%) and only 42% disapprove of the job he is doing.

In comparison, Crist’s favorable numbers have been on the decline, at a low of 41%; 45% of respondents said they hold an unfavorable view of the former Republican governor.

“While these numbers are encouraging for Governor Scott and Florida’s economy, it’s important to remember this is the time of the year when we would expect the opposition to try and change the subject,” said Marian Johnson, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Political Strategy.

When pollsters asked voters if they are either better or worse off than in the past, 37% say they are better off than last year, while 27% said they were worse off.

The FCPI also surveyed voters on the three constitutional amendments appearing on the November ballot. If the election were held today:

  • Amendment #1: Water and Land Conservation: 78% support and 14% oppose
  • Amendment #2: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions: 58% support and 36% oppose
  • Amendment #3: Prospective Appointment of Certain Judicial Vacancies: 34% support and 26% oppose

This poll was completed June 11 by Cherry Communications using live telephone interviews. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.

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.