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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.