PPP's new Florida poll finds...basically the same thing as the last one six months ago. Charlie Crist leads Rick Scott by a 12 point margin, 50/38. He has a substantial advantage because he leads by 24 points with independents at 57/33, and because he wins over 21% of the Republican vote while losing just 17% of Democrats to Scott.
Crist's early lead has a lot more to do with Scott than it has to do with Crist. Voters in the state are evenly divided on their former Governor, with 43% of them viewing him positively to 42% with an unfavorable opinion. But Scott continues to be one of the most unpopular Governors in the country, with only 33% approving of his job performance to 55% who disapprove. There are only 5 Governors we've polled on who have a worse net approval rating than Scott. He's seen almost no improvement in his numbers from six months ago when we found his approval at 33/57.
With a bit more than a year remaining until the election, little has changed in our Florida polling over the last year. Rick Scott remains one of the most unpopular Governors in the country, his numbers haven't shown much sign of improvement, and he'd start out in a big hole in a match up against Charlie Crist.
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