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Polls: Sink, Scott in virtual tie

Two new polls show Florida's governor's race coming down to the wire, with Democrat Alex Sink leading Republican Rick Scott by a nose.

A Quinnipiac University survey shows the race in a virtual tie: Sink gets 44 percent, Scott gets 43 percent, other candidates garner 4 percent, and 9 percent say they haven't made up their minds.

The poll of 925 likely voters was conducted Oct. 25-31 and carries a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

A survey by Public Policy Polling, a firm that traditionally polls for Democrats but called the Republican primary correctly, shows Sink up by a single point — 48 percent to 47 percent.

The poll found Scott has gained over the past three weeks among conservative-leaning voters who don't like him but have decided they don't dislike him enough to let a Democrat win.

The Senate race is an entirely different story: Republican Marco Rubio retains a wide lead in the Quinnipiac poll with 45 percent of the vote, while Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent, gets 31 percent. Kendrick Meek is garnering 18 percent.

Public Policy — which pegs Rubio at 47 percent, Crist at 30 percent and Meek at 21 percent — notes one interesting trend in the Senate race: Though it's not translating into extra votes, Meek's favorability rating has surged to 42 percent from 35 percent in early October.

"Voters have responded positively to how Meek has conducted himself through all the speculation about whether he would or would not bring his campaign to a halt," the pollsters wrote.

The poll also notes that Meek's exit might not have mattered anyhow: In a hypothetical head-to-head matchup with Rubio, Crist trails by a 48 percent to 44 percent.

Public Policy Polling notes that if Scott is elected, he'd likely be "the country's most unpopular newly elected governor." Just 34 percent of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him, while 54 percent see him in a negative light.

The Quinnipiac poll, too, found Sink remains slightly better-liked, with 43 percent of voters having a favorable opinion and 40 percent an unfavorable one. Scott remains upside-down: 50 percent view him negatively; 39 percent positively.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 773 likely Florida voters Oct. 30-31. The margin of error for the poll is 3.5 percentage points.

Polls: Sink, Scott in virtual tie 11/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 1:14pm]

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