Raleigh, N.C. – 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.