Democratic poll shows Charlie Crist with healthy lead over David Jolly in 13th congressional race
ST. PETERSBURG — A poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee shows former Gov. Charlie Crist with a commanding lead over incumbent Republican David Jolly.
Crist leads Jolly by a 50-39 percent margin. The 11 percent of undecided voters lean Democratic by a 37-20 percent margin.
The poll, conducted by telephone with 400 likely voters in the 13th Congressional District, found Crist's support deeper among district voters than Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (45 percent) and Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy (46 percent).
Jolly's unfavorable ratings have climbed from 23 to 27 percent in the last several weeks, although 41 percent of voters still view him favorably.
"Two things are clear from this poll: Charlie Crist is winning and David Jolly continues to lose popularity when the voters of this Democratic district learn that he is not the moderate he purports to be," said Jermaine House of the DCCC. "For example, his record on women's issues including his support for overturning Roe V. Wade and votes to defund Planned Parenthood won't fly with the women of Pinellas County."
The poll conducted between Oct. 2-4 by Anzalone, Liszt Grove Research has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.
"I'm glad they're feeling so confident," Jolly said about the poll Tuesday.
He called the survey a "push poll" and said pollsters wouldn't allow respondents to say their support Jolly.
If a real poll showed Crist up by 11 percent, the Democrats and outside groups wouldn't be spending so much money on the race, Jolly said.
"It's because Charlie is in trouble," Jolly said. "I'm glad Washington is taking this for granted."
Jolly and Crist debated on live television in downtown St. Petersburg on Sept. 19. They'll square off again at noon today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay club luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.