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Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Locked in the Polls

October 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

Two polls released on Tuesday show a close battle between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida gubernatorial race.

When looking at likely voters, a CNN/ORC poll has the race dead even, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee, taking 44 percent apiece. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie garners 9 percent of likely voters.

When the poll turns to registered voters, Crist holds a small lead, beating Scott 42 percent to 40 percent. Wyllie takes 10 percent of registered voters.

But the poll shows Florida voters have reservations about the two major-party candidates. A majority of likely voters -- 53 percent -- -see Crist as unfavorable while only 42 percent see him as favorable. The Democrat does slightly better with registered voters, with 40 percent seeing him as favorable and 48 percent viewing him in an unfavorable light.

Scott is also upside down in the poll with 52 percent of likely voters seeing him as unfavorable while 45 percent view him as favorable. Registered voters hold the governor in even lower regard, with 49 percent of them seeing Scott as unfavorable while 39 percent see him as favorable.

The CNN/ORC poll of 850 registered voters was taken from Oct. 9-13 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent. The CNN/ORC poll of 610 likely voters was taken during the same period and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

WFLA released a poll taken by Survey USA which shows Crist ahead. Crist takes 45 percent while Scott is behind with 41 percent and 7 percent back Wyllie.

Like the CNN/ORC poll, the major-party candidates are underwater in the WFLA/Survey USA poll. Crist is seen as favorable by 35 percent of those surveyed in the WFLA/Survey USA poll while 45 percent see the Democrat as unfavorable and 6 percent are neutral. Scott is seen as favorable by 38 percent, unfavorable by 46 percent, and 12 percent are neutral. Wyllie is seen as neutral by 48 percent of those surveyed while 9 percent see him as favorable and 10 percent view him as unfavorable.

The WFLA/Survey USA poll of 566 likely voters was taken from Oct. 10-13 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.

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