Rick Scott Takes the Lead Over Charlie Crist in New Poll, Thanks to Independents

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 10, 2014 1:00 PM
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

A new poll shows Florida can expect a close gubernatorial contest in November with independents starting to break Gov. Rick Scott's way.

The poll of likely voters from WFLA and Survey USA finds Scott with a small lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite in next month’s Democratic primary despite having spent most of his political life as a Republican.

Scott takes 45 percent in the poll of likely voters while Crist takes 43 percent. While 7 percent back other candidates, 5 percent remain undecided. A Survey USA poll released on June 24 had Scott with 43 percent and Crist at 42 percent.

The poll shows a slight gender gap starting to form in the race. Men go Scott’s way, with the governor taking 47 percent, while 40 percent of them back Crist. Women lean in Crist’s direction, with 46 percent supporting the newly minted Democrat while 43 percent back Scott.

Crist holds a solid lead over Scott with Hispanics. Almost half -- 49 percent -- of Hispanics surveyed support Crist while 41 percent back Scott.

Despite Crist having held three statewide offices as a Republican, the poll shows the GOP is firmly behind Scott. The governor takes 79 percent of Republicans while 13 percent go for Crist. While he joined the Democrats back in December 2012, Crist has made inroads with his new party, as 79 percent of them back him and only 10 percent support Scott.

The poll finds Scott can thank voters outside the two major parties for his small lead over Crist. Scott takes 47 percent of voters outside the two parties while only 35 percent of them back Crist; 9 percent of them remain undecided and 9 percent back other candidates, 

The poll of 558 likely Florida voters was taken from June 30-July 2 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com. 

Comments (13)

2:18PM JUL 15TH 2014
The margin of error is +/- 4.2% and it is 47-43. That means this poll is useless when the MoE is that high haha gotta love political stats.
12:07PM JUL 15TH 2014
We need medicaid expansion badly in this state and it will never happen with Rick Scott.
10:15PM JUL 11TH 2014
I don't like either one. We get Charlie Crist again or Scott for another 4 years. Is this the best Florida can do?

So we are going to hear about Scott pleading the 5th 75 times? How did that strategy work out?

Then we are going to hear about Charlie's secret life from his past? Really? Crist overcame this strategy.

Both parties are in it for themselves.
Terry Poupart
12:59PM JUL 11TH 2014
What kind of self-destructive idiot would vote for Charile (hear me lie) Crispt? He was the worst governor we ever had. Everything in this state has gotten better since Rick Scott got elected and everything in the state got worse when Charile (I'll say or do anything to get elected) Crispt was governor. The man has no loyalty and will tell any lie necessary to get elected. He is the poster boy for dishonesty and self-serving bigotry. I can't believe this election is going to be close.
3:06PM JUL 11TH 2014
I think you described yourself adequately with just the "hear me lie" . . . . no need for all the rest of that easily disprovable rightwing politics of the "Big Lie" . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
12:55PM JUL 15TH 2014
And no sources to disprove anything. Sure make it easy to win an argument when all you have to do is declare it so.
Middle class economy
8:43AM JUL 11TH 2014
I'm for any candidate that will create GOOD jobs that are work for the middle class and therefore the economy as a whole. Good jobs can be defined as full-time, secure, reasonable wages (CEOs should not make more than 8 times the lowest paid worker...as per Plato), and healthcare, pensions, and other benefits included. The funny thing is I am registered Democrat and my mother-in-law is a registered Republican. Guess what? We both AGREE that this is the most important thing for the middle class. We both AGREE on everything I just said above. We will both vote for anyone...Republican or Democrat or Independent.. who will make this happen...not just empty promises...results.
9:51AM JUL 11TH 2014
Yes, good idea . . . . follow the money . . . . see who is benefitting from "Rick Scott" governmental money . . . . . after all, it's not like Rick Scott has taken actions that turned away thousands of jobs, enriched the wealthy, or spent large amounts of money on unconstitutional actions and lost court suits at the expense of the middle class, now is it . . . .
7:19PM JUL 10TH 2014
Those that don't mind less in their pockets will be voting for him . He is giving out taxpayers dollars to get your vote. He is legislating his way for his prosperity and of his backers. They are getting back everything they lost in all of this horrible economic downturn. Wouldn't you do the same? That why many stay in politics for years.? There are no public servants anymore.
Independent Thinker
7:11PM JUL 10TH 2014
The poll of "likely voters" makes you wonder whether this accounts for the likelihood that "UNlikely voters" could turn out in droves this time to kick Scott out.
7:07PM JUL 10TH 2014
Yes, yes, I remember a previous, similar such headline of yours from the past --> "Mitt Romney Builds Lead Over Obama in Florida" . . . . . . how did that work out for you? . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
5:13PM JUL 10TH 2014
My wife and I are registered Independent voters and no one polled us. Rick Scott needs to step down or just plead the fifth amendment.
2:05PM JUL 11TH 2014
^ 2 Obama voters

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