The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows former Gov. Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott by 10 percentage points, 48-38 percent.
The poll is yet another divergent result among several polls recently with differing outcomes.
For example, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll showed Crist leading 6 points, 45-39 percent, while a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey released at about the same time showed a tie, 42-42%.
The Quinnipiac poll, unlike theMason-Dixon poll, included only Crist, a Democrat, and Scott, a Republican, omitting Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie.
The Quinnipiac results are a move up for Crist, who led Scott 46-38 percent in the same poll in January.
The Crist campaign crowed that Crist has advanced in that poll in spite of Scott’s spending more than $6 million on television advertising in the past few weeks.
Crist benefitted from a huge gender gap in the Quinnipiac poll, leading Scott 51-33 percent among women while the two roughly tied among men, 44-43 percent in Crist’s favor.
Scott, who narrowly won the Hispanic vote in his 2010 election, trailed Crist by 18 points among Hispanic voters.
The governor got a negative job approval rating, 42 percent approving his performance in office and 50 percent disapproving, and a negative, 39-46 percent personal favorability rating.
Respondents also said by 55-41 percent that an illegal immigrant who attends high school in Florida should be eligible for the in-state tuition if accepted at a public college.
The April 23-28 poll included 1,413 registered voters for an error margin of 2.6 percentage points.