Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are locked in a statistical tie, according to a new poll by the Saint Leo Polling Institute. Scott leads Crist 43-41 percent among likely voters, according to the poll, which is within the poll’s margin of error. The remaining 16 percent of voters are undecided. The race should be considered a statistical tie.
Scott’s situation has gradually improved over the past six months. A January Saint Leo University poll had Crist ahead, 46-34 percent. In March, Crist’s lead was 43-39 percent – a statistical tie.
“For the first time since the poll’s inception, Rick Scott has edged out Charlie Crist,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University. “Scott and Crist are locked in a war of attrition; voters aren’t in love with either one of them,” stated Orlando.
Scott’s job approval rating among all voters is split at 46 percent approval, 46 percent disapproval. Scott and Crist have matching favorability ratings. Scott’s is 46 percent favorable, 48 percent unfavorable and Crist is 47/47. “Scott has been working hard and spending money on advertising. It’s difficult to pinpoint whether his gradual improvement during the last six months (6 percent increase in favorability) is due to his substantial ad campaign, moderating his image, or if the Republican base has finally firmed up behind Scott,” continued Orlando.
Scott tops former state Sen. Nan Rich, 44-31 percent, should she become the Democratic nominee.
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