Florida GOP Governor Rick Scott has stopped his slide in the polls, Charlie Crist is popular with Democrats and some other things …..
from PPP Polling…..
Scott’s improvement is a combination of a rise in his support from independents and his own party. Independents now split on him, 43-43, when they were at 26-60 in June. That is over half his improvement. The rest comes from Republicans, who now sit at 64-27 on their governor, versus 53-31. He has still upset too many of his own partisans, but he is coming back to safer territory. Democrats have not budged at all and probably won’t ever; they fall at 13-77.
Scott was so unpopular in June that he was down 12 points to an almost unknown challenger who has already announced her bid to oppose him in 2014 (Nan Rich). And we have routinely found him trailing badly to his predecessor Charlie Crist, if he were to become a Democrat, which he is quite clearly in the process of doing. But now Scott has pulled to within three points of Crist in a hypothetical match-up (44-41).
Even though Democrats are the most enthusiastic about Crist becoming a Democrat–56% of them think he should, versus 31% of Republicans and 32% of independents–and though they like Crist (50-31 favorability) a lot more than they do Scott, Scott still slightly outperforms his approval numbers across the aisle when pitted against Crist. He gets 16% of their vote, versus 13% approval. He was only getting 7% of Democrats against Rich.
Crist does get a bit more crossover support than Scott does, at 19% of his former party. But Scott leads 43-40 with independents. When we last polled the two head-to-head eight months ago, Crist wholloped Scott by 23 points (55-32), thanks to Crist’s 25% of Republicans and a 20-point lead with independents (52-32)…..Share on Facebook