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PPP poll: Crist barely edges out Scott
Posted Aug 10, 2012 by William March
Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s job approval numbers are continuing to edge up, but former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, would still edge him out in a race for governor, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
Scott’s still “upside-down” in job approval in the poll—51 percent disapprove of his job performance to 39 percent approving—but pollster Dustin Ingalls notes that’s up from 51-36 disapprove/approve a month earlier, and up from approval ratings in the 20’s last year.
In the poll, 56 percent of the Democrats said they think Crist, who left the Republican Party during his 2010 Senate race, should complete his party switch by becoming a Democrat.
In a governor’s race matchup between Crist as a Democrat and Scott, Crist won 44-41 percent with 15 percent undecided, but that margin was less than the poll’s 3.3-point error margin.
By a 54-20 percent margin, respondents had a favorable opinion of Chick-fil-A, the fast-food restaurant caught up in a controversy over its founder’s opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Full results here.