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UF poll Crist up 7 over Scott

A new poll by the University of Florida finds Democrat Charlie Crist leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott 47-40 percent in the Florida governor’s race.

In a matchup between Scott and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Nelson won 46-42 percent. Scott led former state Sen. Nan Rich 41-36 percent.

The poll, done by UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service, found comparatively good numbers for Scott on his performance in office—46 percent disapproval to 45 percent approval. That’s better than Scott has done in most polls during his tenure as governor.

But it also found 63 percent approval of Crist’s tenure as governor, 2006-2010.

The Jan. 27-Feb. 1 poll included 1,006 telephone interviews of registered voters, for a 3-point error margin.

The UF poll roughly matches a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, both of which show a slightly larger margin for Crist than two other recent polls in the race.