Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s newest Florida poll shows that the race is a toss up. Despite having an approval rating of only 39% with 48% disapproval, incumbent Governor Rick Scott is tied with possible Democratic candidate and former Republican governor Charlie Crist at 42% apiece. Helping Scott is the fact that Crist is also underwater with a 32% favorable rating and 48% unfavorable. However, Crist leads Scott amongst moderate voters 44% to 36%. 19% of people that identify as very liberal are undecided, showing room for the race to break in Crist’s favor.
Scott fares slightly better against the other possible Democratic candidate, Nan Rich, whom he leads by 6 points at 40% to 34%. The 25% of voters that are still not sure who they would vote for in that match-up reflects the general lack of knowledge voters have about Rich. Almost three-quarters of voters do not have an opinion one way or the other on her. Among the voters that do, 10% have a favorable view and 16% unfavorable. Just like Crist, Rich leads Scott among moderates with 39% to Scott’s 30%.
“Rick Scott’s early ad blitz has taken a big toll on Charlie Crist’s image in Florida,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Although Scott himself remains unpopular, he’s driven Crist’s negatives high enough to make this into a toss up race.”