Crist’s Second Chance: Beating Scott

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Charles “Charlie” Crist in Washington.

Charlie Crist, the only Florida governor to willingly decline a second term, looks well positioned if he wants his old job back. The second poll in as many days shows the Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat leading incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott trailing by double digits in a potential race.

In the poll out this morning from Quinnipiac University, Crist leads Scott by a margin of 50 percent to 34 percent. A survey yesterday from  Public Policy Polling showed Crist up by 52 percent to 40 percent.

Scott’s approval rating was 36 percent, according to Quinnipiac, the 15th time the Connecticut college’s pollsters asked registered voters about Scott’s approval since he took office in 2011. Among all those polls, Scott’s approval rose as high as 41 percent and dropped as low as 29 percent.

If you’re a Scott fan looking for good news, it might be his 66 percent approval among Republicans. Granted, that’s nowhere near the 87 percent that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio enjoys within their party in the same poll. But Scott’s rating among GOP voters is up 3 percentage points since the last Q poll in December, and comes after he upset many tea party activists by supporting Medicaid expansion envisioned in President Barack Obama’s health care law and proposed a $74.2 billion budget, the largest in state history.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,000 registered voters from March 13-18, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. PPP surveyed 500 Florida voters March 15-18, with a margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.


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