A new Public Policy Polling survey shows a tie in the governor’s race, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, at 42 percent each.
“Rick Scott’s early negative advertising blitz against Charlie Crist has paid off in a big way,” said pollster Tom Jensen, noting that Crist held a 12-point lead over Scott last fall, 50-38 percent.
Since then, Jensen said, voters’ opinions of Crist appear to have changed.
In the new poll, Crist is underwater in his personal approval ratings -- 48 percent said they have a negative opinion of Crist, to 32 percent positive.
Last fall, voters were evenly divided on Crist, 43 percent favorable to 42 percent unfavorable.
Voters still aren’t crazy about Scott -- he’s underwater in approval of his performance in office, with 39 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving.
The results tend to line up with other recent polls that have shown Scott moving upward against Crist since he began a massive, early advertising blitz concentrating heavily on the Tampa and Orlando media markets.
Public Policy Polling is a North Carolina-based, Democratic-oriented polling and political consulting firm that says its published polls are neutral and not paid for by any political party or candidate. It uses automated dial, “robopoll” methodology.
The June 6-9 poll included 672 respondents for an error margin of 3.8 points.