Raleigh, N.C.-- Florida voters are generally favorable to the idea of former Republican Governor Charlie Crist completing his partisan transformation and becoming a Democrat. And despite an unimpressive even favorability rating at 41%, Crist benefits from voters’ deep dissatisfaction with Governor Rick Scott in order to lead his successor in a potential 2014 matchup 44% to 41%.
In this hypothetical race, the theoretically newly minted Democrat would enjoy at least as much support from his own party as Scott would from his own. This is enough for Crist to overcome Scott’s slight edge among independents, 43% to 40%. That figure represents a large shift towards Scott among independents. When PPP last polled Florida in June, Scott was tested in a horserace against state Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich, who, despite garnering only 14% name recognition, defeated Scott by 12 points, including a 14-point advantage among independents.