Raleigh, N.C. – After a few polls showing little movement in the Florida gubernatorial election, incumbent Rick Scott has almost closed the gap on former governor Charlie Crist. Crist now leads by a 2-point margin, 43/41. Democratic candidate Nan Rich still trails Scott slightly, 40/34, despite Rich having only 9% favorability rating statewide. The gubernatorial race has tightened despite continuing dismal job approval for Scott: only 34% of voters approve of the job he’s doing while 51% disapprove. Opinions about Crist have dropped substantially, though: 36% of voters now view him favorably while 46% view him unfavorably. This is a decline from our October poll, where more voters saw Crist favorably than unfavorably, and likely the reason for his lead evaporating.
“Republican voters have really rallied around Rick Scott over the last three months,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “His consolidating support from the party base explains most of his gain relative to Charlie Crist since the last time we polled.”