Rick Scott Leading Charlie Crist in New Poll

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 12, 2014 5:00 PM
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Conservative group American Future Fund released a poll from McLaughlin and Associates on Monday showing Gov. Rick Scott leading former Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s gubernatorial race.

Scott takes 42 percent while Crist wins 38 percent. Several polls have shown Crist with a lead, but Scott has been making progress in recent months. In April, a poll commissioned by Sunshine State News showed Scott with a slight lead over the former governor. 

The new poll finds a majority -- 53 percent -- approve of Scott’s job performance. While 36 percent of those surveyed view Scott in an unfavorable light, 44 percent see him favorably.

Crist is upside down in the poll, with 41 percent seeing him as unfavorable while 39 percent view him as favorable.

"Florida, Florida, Florida, as Tim Russert once said, will once again be a leading battleground state in this year's midterm election,” said Nick Ryan, the founder of the American Future Fund.

“Gov. Scott is holding his own in a head-to-head against the unpopular former Gov. Charlie Crist. The majority of Florida voters believe Gov. Scott has done a good job and he is well-positioned to win a second term this fall."

The poll finds 49 percent of those surveyed think the economy is the most important issue in the state. Asked which candidate would do a better job of managing the economy, 39 percent said Scott would while a quarter of those surveyed -- 25 percent -- opted for Crist. Asked who would do a better job of keeping taxes low and cutting spending, 38 percent thought Scott would do a better job while less than a quarter -- 23 percent -- said Crist.

The poll of 800 likely voters was taken May 4-6 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent. The poll relies on 47 percent men and 53 percent women, while 40 percent of those surveyed are Republican and 37 percent are Democrat. The same team did show Republican David Jolly upsetting Democrat Alex Sink in a special congressional election in Pinellas County back in March.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (8)

9:39AM MAY 13TH 2014
Don't be surprised when Crist announces that he has African ancestry, his wife is a lesbian with Hispanic ancestry.

Nothing Crist says will surprise me any more.
7:15PM MAY 13TH 2014
No, we'll only be surprised if you can ever manage to make a non-demonizing, truthful political statement that isn't Tea Party Patriot wacked out, pants-on-fire, politics of the "Big Lie" . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
9:32AM MAY 13TH 2014
Crist loses ground every time he tries to sell his BS. The guy is a fraud and whenever he speaks the public has the means to weigh the statement against his own words with simple Google searches and prove he is a bold-faced liar. Crist seems to have "Delusional" syndrome complicated by his inability to tell the truth which seems to have been caught from hugging Obama.
birds of a feather
11:32AM MAY 14TH 2014
Rick Scott just hasn't been caught hugging Obama yet. Jeb Bush does that for him to maintain that Chicago style politics...

Since Jeb Bush is the daddy of Common Core and Obama is pushing common Core and even like GW Bush with his NO CHiLD LEFT BEHIND Obama created RACE TO THE TOP to fund COMMON CORE.

Then, Rick Scott and his cronies thank they have fooled the people of Florida by Changing the name of Common Core.

They are all in this together up to their eyeballs! Obama got lame stream media attention for bowing to the Saudi Prince - GW Bush kissed him straight in the mouthe and got no media attention at all.

So, if Rick Scott was pictured hugging his brother Barack Obama it would never make it to the lame stream media!
11:31PM MAY 12TH 2014
I'm with frank,,,,,if only more of the pathetic ones knew they were ,,,,,pathetic
7:53PM MAY 12TH 2014
Yes, yes, you must be right . . . . after all, it's not like McLaughlin and Associates were only off by 34 percentage points in their polling on the New York 6th District race in the 2012 election, now is it . . . . nor that they had Mourdock leading Donnelly in Indiana (Donnelly won by six) . . . with McLauglin and Associates becoming known for one of the very worst track records in 2012 general election polling . . . . and does anyone actually BELIEVE a poll that indicates 53% of Floridians feel Scott's doing a good job in office??? . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
9:47PM MAY 12TH 2014
You think everybody sees the world as you do, Frank. Yet we are the pathetic ones .......
12:44AM MAY 13TH 2014
Yes, yes, you must be right . . . . and Romney won Ohio and the Presidency . . . or didn't you realize the comments were directed at partisan, slanted polling (which happens to a fair degree on this site) . . . . you know, non-reality . . . . not fantasy . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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