By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In a poll released by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday, July 23, show that former Republican-turned-Democrat has a narrow 45 – 40 percent margin over Rick Scott in a two-way race.
When Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is added to the race, it is too close to call with 39 percent for Crist, 37 percent for Scott and nine percent for Wyllie.
Crist was in the lead over Scott with 48 – 38 percent in a head-to-head match up without Wyllie in an April 30 survey also conducted by Quinnipiac University.
Wyllie’s strongest support comes from independent voters who back Crist over Scott 45 – 38 percent in a two-way match up, but split with 36 percent for Crist and 34 percent for Scott, with 12 percent for Wyllie, in the three-way race.
Republicans back Scott 79 – 12 percent in the two-way with Crist, and 74 – nine percent, with five percent for Wyllie, in the three-way. Democrats support Crist with 78 – 10 percent in the two-way race to 73 – nine percent, with six percent for Wyllie.
Florida voters give Scott a negative 43 – 48 percent approval rating, one of his best scores in almost four years in office, according to the poll, and a negative 40 – 45 percent favorability rating. Crist gets a split rating, 40 percent favorable and 42 percent unfavorable. For Wyllie, 92 percent don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.
According to the poll, Floridians believe that Gov. Scott does not deserve to be reelected with a result of 51 – 40 percent.
Florida voters are divided on Crist’s party change, from Republican to Independent to Democrat, with 47 percent saying it’s a positive thing and 45 percent saying it’s negative, compared to a 52 – 40 percent positive score in the poll released on April 30.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,251 registered voters from July 17 – 21, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. The complete poll results are available at www.quinnipiac.edu.
Florida voters at the General Election on November 4 will decide who will be Florida’s next governor.