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Gov. Scott's internal poll shows him trailing Crist by 4 points



A new statewide voter survey by Gov. Rick Scott's pollster, Tony Fabrizio, shows the governor trailing Democrat Charlie Crist by four points, reports. The poll of 1,000 Floridians has Crist leading Scott among likely voters, 49 percent to 45 percent. That's slightly better than the latest Quinnipiac University survey, which had Crist over Scott by 7 points.

Fabrizio's poll was conducted Nov. 24-26 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. It's unusual for a candidate to leak an internal campaign poll in which the candidate is behind, but the Scott numbers -- if accurate -- feed a narrative that Scott is improving and that the Scott-Crist contest is a tight horse race 11 months from election day.

As Politico reported, Fabrizio also polled on which man can better handle 10 different issues. Scott prevailed on six: controlling state spending (+14), reducing taxes (+12), balancing the budget (+9), turning Florida’s economy around (+5), standing up to Tallahassee insiders (+3) and creating jobs (+2).

Crist has single-digit advantages in four areas: cares about people like me (+8), is the most honest and ethical (+4), “someone I trust to be governor” (+3) and “shares my beliefs and values” (+2).

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 3:08pm]


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