Florida Poll Shows Crist With Lead Over Scott

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 06:16 PM

By Cathy Burke

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An internal poll shows Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott trailing by 4 percentage points in the race against Charlie Crist, who's running as a Democrat to snag his old job back, Politico reported Tuesday.

The survey by Scott pollster Tony Fabrizio puts the former GOP governor-turned-independent-turned-Democrat ahead of Scott 49 percent to 45 percent.

Scott is also in negative territory on the job-approval front, with 46 percent approving of his performance and 48 percent disapproving.

Crist has a 47 percent job-approval rating, with 43 percent disapproving.

The poll taken Nov. 24-26 has a margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

A Quinnipiac poll taken last month found Crist ahead by 7 points, 47 percent to 40 percent.

Florida's gubernatorial election is one that will be closely watched for the impact of the disastrous Obamacare rollout — making Crist particularly vulnerable.

In 2008, President Obama won the state 51 percent to 48 percent; in 2004, President George W. Bush bested John Kerry 51 percent to 49 percent.

The president is viewed unfavorably by 51 percent of voters in Florida, where 55 percent of voters oppose Obamacare while 38 percent support it, Politico reported.

The internal poll broke down how each candidate would do on 10 specific issues. Scott came out on top in six of them, including state spending, reducing taxes, balancing the state budget, turning around the state's economy, standing up to Tallahassee insiders and creating jobs.

Crist had a small advantage on four issues, including caring about "people like me," most honest and ethical, “someone I trust to be governor” and “shares my beliefs and values."

After serving as a Republican governor for Florida from 2007-2011, Crist became a Democrat in December 2012 and then ran as an independent in 2010 for the U.S. Senate, losing to tea party favorite Marco Rubio.

But he lost favor with the GOP long before when in 2009, as governor, he embraced President Obama during a visit to the Sunshine State, along with the president's stimulus program.

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