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26 Percent of Floridians Still Can't Decide Who's Slightly Less Horrible, Scott or Crist

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In a race between two known devils, Floridians can't seem to figure out which one is better.

A new poll from Gravis Marketing shows that Floridians are split dead even between who they'd prefer as governor. Rick Scott or Charlie Crist sit at exactly 37 percent each. Perhaps the bigger news is that 26 percent of Floridians still have not made up their mind either way.

The astounding number of undecided voters seems to reflect the general sentiment that both candidates leave much to be desired. Scott is seen a conservative hardliner who lacks charisma and an ability to compromise. Crist is seen as a political opportunist, and his shift from Republican to Independent to full-fledged Democrat has left many confused.

In fact, neither candidate has broken the 50 percent threshold in Pollster.com's average since Crist did so a year-and-a-half ago, barely, in February 2013.

Gravis's result of 26 percent of voters remaining undecided is a bit of an outlier, though. The Pollster model shows that, on average, just 13.6 percent of voters remain undecided.

Gravis's poll, however, surveyed all registered voters and not just likely voters. It also relied on Internet panels and automated phone calls. Unlike the methods used by other poll companies, no respondents directly talked to an actual human being. Perhaps because of that they might feel a bit more willing to admit they're undecided.

Given the fact that both candidates are well known and have served a term as governor, it's still noteworthy, whether you believe the 13.6 percent average or Gravis's 26 percent, that so many Floridians remain undecided.

Voters certainly have made up their minds in other questions asked by Gravis.

Sixty-four percent say they'll vote to approve medial marijuana. Twenty-six percent are against it, and only 10 percent are undecided.

In a hypothetic 2016 presidential match-up, Hillary Clinton would beat Marco Rubio in the state 44-35, with 21 percent undecided. She also leads Jeb Bush 39-37, with 24 percent undecided.

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