New Poll: Scott Ahead of Crist; Bondi, Marijuana Amendment Winning

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 30, 2014 4:18 PM
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott

A second poll released Wednesday on the gubernatorial race in Florida shows a close contest; it also shows Attorney General Pam Bondi holds a solid lead over her two Democratic rivals and voters in the Sunshine State appear ready to support a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana use.

Conservative magazine Human Events commissioned a poll from Gravis Marketing that reveals Gov. Rick Scott is edging former Gov. Charlie Crist, the leading Democratic candidate, in the Florida gubernatorial contest. Earlier in the day, Quinnipiac University found Crist beating Scott by 10 percent.

The poll has Scott with 44 percent, Crist at his heels with 43 percent, 9 percent of voters undecided and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie taking 5 percent. A Gravis poll from February showed Crist leading 47 percent to Scott’s 43 percent.

“The political poll is good news for Gov. Scott,” said Doug Kaplan of Gravis Marketing. “He has spent a fortune recently on television ads and, in numerous polls, you see Scott closing in on Crist.”

Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi

Bondi, running for a second term, holds a larger lead over rival candidates, according to the poll, though the race remains largely unchanged from a Gravis poll back in February.

The poll has Bondi with 45 percent while Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, wins 38 percent as the Democratic candidate. Libertarian attorney Bill Wohlsifer takes 7 percent while 11 percent remain undecided.

When Thurston is replaced by primary rival former DCF Secretary George Sheldon, Bondi’s lead narrowly increases. In that scenario, Bondi takes 45 percent, Sheldon garners 36 percent, 12 percent are undecided while Wohlsifer remains at 7 percent.

A proposed state constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana use in Florida is in solid shape to pass in November, according to the poll.

The Gravis poll shows 60 percent of those surveyed support the proposed amendment while 32 percent oppose it and 8 percent remain unsure. A Gravis poll from February found 57 percent supported the proposed amendment and 31 percent opposed it, while 11 percent were unsure.

To pass, the proposed amendment will need 60 percent of the November vote. “Medical marijuana is at its magic number of 60 percent,” said Doug Kaplan of Gravis. “I believe getting 60 percent is difficult but, without opposition, medical marijuana passes with 65-to-66 percent. The question is, does it translate to votes for Crist?”

The poll of 907 registered voters in Florida was taken April 23-25 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (20)

J.J. McCampbell
7:35AM AUG 6TH 2014
Rick Scott and Pam Bondi have done more harm to the State of Florida than the previous three predecessors in each of their respective positions. Rick Scott is a crook, who made billions from ripping off taxpayers, and Pam Bondi is firmly in the pocket of the FDLE. These two people have restricted freedoms for Floridians rather than expanded them, and have consistently worked against the middle class, as well as having gone to all out war on the working poor. There will be a sweep, mark my words.
12:35AM JUN 8TH 2014
Why is Bill Wohlsifer even running? What a waste of time and money. The last thing the people of Florida need is a person of complete incompetence. He is a terrible attorney, nevermind attorney general.
2:05PM MAY 3RD 2014
Pandering for Votes.
Florida Republicans should be ashamed of this mess. The medicine passed by the Florida Chamber is no Medi Jane by any sense of the word, nyet, news all over the US.."Florida passes Medi Jane". How pathetic.
Rick Scott and Republicans may belove that they are cruising to a 2014 victory, however, with lawmaking like this, they and Scott are vulnerable. Great job Florida Republicans snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! You didn't pass the growler issue and sold out to corporatists; is it any wonder that Scott only won by what a couple thousand 4 years ago. Pam Bondi barely won. Why? Because they are barely classified as Republicans.
Republicans are now vulnerable, and DemoKooks smell blood in the water; Florida Republicans? you done this to yourselves, nice job.
11:25AM MAY 3RD 2014
Lying with a straight ,,,,republican leadership
Ken Willey
11:20PM MAY 1ST 2014
Adrian Wyllie AND Bill Wohlsifer mentioned in the same article?

If you support Amendment 2 you should support these men. Both want to end marijuana prohibition.
5:58PM MAY 1ST 2014
She looks more competent than she actually is..... and aspirations to the national political scene doesn't make her more competent than thus far demonstrated...
4:38PM MAY 1ST 2014
Quinnipiac ??????...What the heck is THAT, a brand of Canadian canoe???

Must be,...because their polls are never much better than NBC's...and THAT media minority is somewhere deep in the bowels of New York City (where they always try to CREATE "news" the rest of the entire country).
9:43AM MAY 1ST 2014
Of course, the elephant in the room is "who responds to polls"?
After the special primary election for Fl Congressional District 19 and being polled at least once daily, I now either hang up on the poll or enter totally erroneous information. Sometimes if it is a live polster, I tell them it is none of their damned business. I've had enough.
12:59AM MAY 1ST 2014
Florida republicans are the stupid and lazy,,,,what jobs,,,hog wash,,,,skewed polls and dumb teabaggers
2:19PM MAY 3RD 2014
Nutz! You are clueless. You actually believe that we are happy with this session.\? Got news for ya, jack....not happy.
Scott is vulnerable..so is Bondi. Scott and Bondi are way too close to the Beltway Politburo no matter what News sports of them doing wonders for Florida.
Two Step Chucki Chris is the worse of the lot.
All three of these choices are right out of a 1950's Cat House.
11:10AM MAY 1ST 2014
Exactly! -- folks complain about Scott, but he could have done little without the frightwing Koch & ALEC legislators looking out for the 1% - while ignoring the middle class and working poor.
Scott Rothstein
9:11PM APR 30TH 2014
I'm not necessarily I big Rick Scott fan, but Charlie Crist makes my skin crawl. He's the poster boy for slimy politicians. While he was Governor, Florida was a mess. At least Rick Scott has done a much better job of managing the state budget and bringing jobs to Florida.
6:02PM APR 30TH 2014
I ask that everybody, no matter your politics, Vote YES on Amendment 2 and make Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida. Thank You
6:01PM MAY 1ST 2014
Oh sure !...just when I got back to my "fighting weight",..now I would have to contend with the "munchies"?!? (Think I'll vote "NO")
7:35PM MAY 1ST 2014
That is your right, although it seems for the wrong reason. Nobody would force you to go to a Doctor and get a perscription, that is, if you have a real medical need. Not just some desire to get high. Yet, by voting NO you may well be responsible for patients with a real need from getting the medication that will help them.
Crist sucks
9:26PM APR 30TH 2014
The push for medical marijuana is a bunch of crap, with the primary goal of opening the door for potheads who want to make the whole world stupid and lazy. Hopefully, Florida voters will vote no on this bill. But, having said that, I don't care if they legalize it as long as they increase the penalties for DUI. We don't more people getting killed on Florida roads because of pot smokers getting behind the wheel with dulled senses and reflexes.
J.J. McCampbell
7:41AM AUG 6TH 2014
Guess what? Florida has a very large percentage of people who enjoy pot. I have lived here since 1982, and I have never seen a place where people couldn't get it. People smoke pot, regardless of legal status. For those who want it, it's readily available. Why should we let the market go unregulated? Let the magic of the free market make money for the State.
2:33PM MAY 3RD 2014
You had better believe it.
Big Marijuana is coming and Florida Good Ol Boys want a piece of it. R's want to be seen as progressive on weed, but appearing progressive is a problem no matter which side of the ideological isle one stands. Why because Demokooks are ordained progressive by way of dinosaur media.
What is progressive? It's a Leftist, Centralizing Orwellian State. Why are Republicans even dabbling in this arena? Bureaucrats are spineless and owe their allegiance to those who can pay for it....not who shows up. This is sickening these politicians. I am surprised that this session didn't reverse their stupid law in defense of marriage. Marriage should stay in the place by those who want marriage not for an EIC credit by IRS. We are being set up ...even and especially by our own.
What are Florida bureaucrats seeing....$$$$$$$$$ for their rollers; Voters be damed.
joseph sisco
12:32PM MAY 1ST 2014
First your statement is wrong,the vote is not to legalize marijuana.The amendment 2 would make Medical Marijuana available with a doctors prescription to individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician.
6:59AM MAY 1ST 2014
That comment was so badly thought out that I have to respond. Do you think that the "PotHeads" are not driving? Or that making Medical Marijuana legal is going to cause a bunch of sudden deaths? Or did you just have to belittle me before finishing a lame statement? Medical Marijuana will save lives and help to prevent addictions. The "PotHeads" will always get theirs, but many who could benefit can not use for fear of losing perscriptions or jail. Do a bit of research before you expose your foolish attitudes. Thanx

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