Charlie Crist Back Up 8 Points Against Rick Scott in Latest Poll
Last time we checked in with polling for Florida's gubernatorial race, Public Policy Polling showed a surprising Rick Scott surge in which he had pulled into a statistical tie with Charlie Crist. However, Quinnipac has come along and released a poll this morning that shows Crist still eight points ahead of his incumbent rival.
Forty-six percent of Floridians say they'd vote for Crist, compared to 38 percent for Scott. Crist has the lead in all non-political demographics (even among men, by one percent, which is rare for a Democrat in the state) except for Whites (Scott leads 46-39) and those 65 and older (Scott leads 48-41).
Crist has a solid lead among political moderates, 58-26, and political independents, 48-32. Seventy-eight percent of liberals say they'll vote for Crist, while just 70 percent of conservatives say they'll vote for Scott.
Voters see Crist better suited to handle almost every important issue than Scott:
47 - 42 percent, voters say Crist would do a better job on the economy/jobs
49 - 36 percent that Crist would better protect the middle class;
48 - 36 percent on handling health care;
49 - 35 percent on education;
44 - 36 percent that Crist is more honest and trustworthy.
His favorability ratings (44-35) are also healthier than Scott's (38-45). Fifty-four percent says Scott does not deserve to be reelected.