In a reversal from a poll two weeks ago, a SurveyUSA poll now shows likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida governor’s race.
The numbers: Crist 46 percent, Scott 40 percent, other and undecided, 14 percent. The poll didn’t include Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie.
That’s a reversal from two weeks ago, when a previous SurveyUSA poll showed Scott up by two points, 45-43 percent. The pollsters attributed the change to news coverage of Crist’s naming his running mate, Annette Taddeo of Miami.
The poll, the first to be completed following Crist’s announcement, included responses from 836 registered voters, for a 3.5-point error margin.
In the new poll, Crist roughly tied with Scott among male voters, led strongly among female voters, and led among all age categories except those 65 and older.
The poll two weeks ago was one of several that had showed Crist losing ground to Scott over the last four months, while the Republican Party and Scott’s independent political committee, Let’s Get To Work, have been saturating Florida airwaves with advertising, most of it consisting of attacks on Crist.
In the Real Clear Politics polling average, Crist has gone from a 5.6-point lead in March to a two-point lead currently.
SurveyUSA uses automated-dial or “robopoll” methodolgy. A new poll from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute is expected out Wednesday.