Poll: Crist 45, Davis 39
Don't rule out a close Crist-Davis race. A new poll for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers shows Crist leading Davis among the 818 likely voters surveyed, 45 percent to 39 percent. Considering Crist has been on TV steadily since May and has run statewide several times before, this is pretty encouraging for Davis. Crist has not yet reached the magic 50 percent mark.
The Bendixon & Assoc poll shows 56 percent of independent voters have a positive opinion of Crist while 46 percent have a positive opinion of Davis (42 percent didn't know enough to answer about Davis, while 27 percent didn't know enough about Crist). Among Republicans, 71 percent backed Crist-Kottkamp, while 65 percent of Democrats backed Davis-Jones. Crist had the support of 45 percent of independents, comared to 37 percent for Davis.
Among Hispanics, 43 percent backed Crist and 36 percent Davis. Among African-Americans, 61 percent backed Davis, 13 percent Crist, and 27 percent were undecided.