Poll Shows Voters Aren't Happy with Crist or Scott

By: Charlene Cristobal, Associated Press Email
By: Charlene Cristobal, Associated Press Email

Updated by: Charlene Cristobal
July 23, 2014 - 5pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Who is the best man - or woman - for Florida's top job? A new poll shows voters don't like either of the two big name candidates, Governor Rick Scott or Charlie Crist.

The attack ads have already started, but they may not be working. A new Quinnipiac University poll has Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist leading Rick Scott by five points -- 45% to 40%.

Residents in Tallahassee had some opinions on the polls. Patsy Gates says, "I used to like Charlie Crist years ago when he was governor," she says. "When he flipped over and started seeing things differently and went to the Democrats, then I wasn't too sure if I could trust him. I sort of still have that in my mind I guess. I think Rick Scott has done some good things for our state and some that maybe I haven't totally agreed with."

According to the polls, when you throw Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie into the mix, Crist's approval drops to 39% and Scott's drops to 37%. While Nan Rich doesn't appear to get enough votes to stay afloat in the running.

According to pollster Peter Brown, "Mr. Wyllie gets 9% of the vote that causes the race between Mr. Scott and Mr. Crist to be a statistical tie."

That means dead heat, with a little more than three months until election day.

"It doesn't really make me feel that good that we don't have a clear cut leader," says Tallahassee resident Chris Leandri. "I would like a for sure candidate, that we know this guy in 100% better."

This means, that this fight is far from over.

1,200 registered voters were surveyed for this poll. With a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.


News Release: Associated Press
July 23, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A new poll shows that Florida voters aren't pleased with either Republican Gov. Rick Scott or former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is trying to win his job back.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows that former Republican-turned-Democrat Crist has a slight lead over Scott -- unless you add Libertarian Adrian Wyllie in the mix.

In a head-to-head matchup, Crist leads Scott 45 to 40 percent.

But when Wyllie was added to the poll, he received 9 percent support and drew more voters away from Crist than Scott, making the race a statistical tie.

Voters said they don't trust Scott or Crist.

Only 39 percent of those polled say they thought Crist is honest, and only 40 percent said Scott is. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.


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