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PPP: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist tied at 42%, medical marijuana at 66%

From Public Policy Polling, a firm that typically surveys for Democrats and liberals:

Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s newest Florida poll shows that the race is a toss up. Despite having an approval rating of only 39% with 48% disapproval, incumbent Governor Rick Scott is tied with possible Democratic candidate and former Republican governor Charlie Crist at 42% apiece. Helping Scott is the fact that Crist is also underwater with a 32% favorable rating and 48% unfavorable. However, Crist leads Scott amongst moderate voters 44% to 36%. 19% of people that identify as very liberal are undecided, showing room for the race to break in Crist’s favor.

Scott fares slightly better against the other possible Democratic candidate, Nan Rich, whom he leads by 6 points at 40% to 34%. The 25% of voters that are still not sure who they would vote for in that match-up reflects the general lack of knowledge voters have about Rich. Almost three-quarters of voters do not have an opinion one way or the other on her. Among the voters that do, 10% have a favorable view and 16% unfavorable. Just like Crist, Rich leads Scott among moderates with 39% to Scott’s 30%.

“Rick Scott’s early ad blitz has taken a big toll on Charlie Crist’s image in Florida,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Although Scott himself remains unpopular, he’s driven Crist’s negatives high enough to make this into a toss up race.”

Floridians slightly approve of their Senators’ performance, as Bill Nelson’s approval rating is at plus-7 (39/32) and Marco Rubio’s is at plus-5 (45/40). In a potential 2016 Senate race, Rubio leads Debbie Wasserman Schultz 48% to 40%. A match-up between Wasserman Schultz and Allen West is a toss-up at this point with West taking 41% to Schultz’s 40%.

Amendment 2, allowing for the medical use of marijuana in the state, picks up overwhelming support amongst voters, as 66% say they would vote for it, while only 25% say they would vote against the amendment. Unsurprisingly, the amendment garners the least amount of support amongst the oldest voters. Those older than 65 support it at a 58% rate, ten points lower than any other age bracket. Republicans are pretty split on the issue, with 44% saying they would vote for and 42% against.

PPP surveyed 672 registered voters from June 6th to 9th. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.8%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.

Topline results are below.  Full results, including crosstabs, can be found here.


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ed jenkins

The readers have long ago tired of this most horrible article writer who thinks they subscribe to an opinion survey publishing paper rather than the hometown paper that readers have subscribed to. they request the termination of all article writers who do nothing but publish opinion surveys which the readers do not consider news rather than the news that the readers seek.


The medical pot issue is going to lose. The opponents haven't spent one dime on the issue and once people find out how broad it is, they will oppose the amendment. 66% is not that great to start when you need 60% to pass.

This amendment will lose if any amount of money is spent on the opposition


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Medical marijuana is about...MEDICAL marijuana. If we focus on one issue at a time, creating a fair sense of debate instead of fear-mongering, we could come up with a solution that most can feel comfortable about. Look to Colorado and California as examples of what to do and what can be improved upon. Florida has the opportunity to take the lead on medical marijuana regulation. floridammtc.org


it's time for a change in Florida. sick of scott? don't like crist? vote for adrian wyllie!

William Powell

First of all Florida should come first not the governors seat or spoiled rich aholes that wanna line their pockets with lobby money and campaign perks. That goofball just signed a 77 Billion dollar budget that largest by far in Florida history including during the real estate crash that caused many Floridians to lose their homes!. How will Florida be able to sustain that with out brining more Tourism, jobs and homeowners to Florida!? Amendment 2 Brings Tourism, Jobs, Education, Real estate and Safe Pain Management to Florida (ie: more $$). State offices have already started dispersing that 77 Billion and with out Taxes or Tourism Florida is headed for a massive recession. If these prospective governors aren't going to sign this into law then its time we look for someone who has the Peoples best interest rather than their own.!

Indie Thinker

We should notice that this poll took place before Scott signed the FL DREAM Act, which ticked off a lot of his base. It's the next poll that should prove interesting.

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