Gov. Rick Scott’s internal poll: Charlie Crist ahead in Florida race

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist asks his supporters to visit his website for further support after a rally where he officially announced that he will be running for governor as a Democrat in 2014 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

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Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist asks his supporters to visit his website for further support after a rally where he officially announced that he will be running for governor as a Democrat in 2014 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

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Southwest Florida Republicans say Gov. Rick Scott isn’t getting credit for the work he’s done and that an internal poll showing him trailing Charlie Crist means little nearly 11 months from Election Day.

The internal poll, taken in late November and obtained Tuesday by Politico, showed Crist — the former Republican governor running in 2014 as a Democrat — ahead of his successor 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

Scott’s job approval, the online publication reported, is 46 percent, with 48 percent disapproving. Crist has a mixed, albeit slight positive image: 47 percent view him favorably, compared with 43 percent who view him unfavorably.

“Polls are polls,” Mike Lyster, chairman of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee, said Wednesday. “I continue to be surprised at results that indicate the kind of unfavorability the report said, simply because he (Scott) has done everything he said he’s going to do.”

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates from Nov. 24-26. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

“It means that if the election were held today, it’s a toss-up,” said Terry Miller, chairman of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. “I think when (Scott’s) campaign begins in earnest; you’ll see those numbers move.”

Scott officially entered the race last week; Crist got in at the beginning of November.

A poll by Quinnipiac University in November showed Crist ahead by 7 points, 47 percent to 40.

Kevin Wagner, a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, said there was likely a reason the internal poll was leaked to Politico.

“Polls don’t get leaked by accident,” he said. “If a poll that was leaked shows he’s behind 4 points, he’s probably behind more.”

Wagner said the internal poll might have been leaked to show supporters Scott has the “viable ability to win.”

“He has to create the image that he is a viable candidate,” he said. “That’s why you would leak that kind of poll.”

Annisa Karim, chairwoman of the Collier County Democratic Party, said the internal polling doesn’t necessarily “give us an indication of a strong push forward.” It might, however, show voters aren’t necessarily pleased with Scott’s performance.

“As far as the poll itself goes, it’s not a strong indicator one way or another,” she said. “What it does show is the disappointment of what Rick Scott has done. It’s a reflection of his inability to govern properly.”

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Charlie Crist leads Florida Gov. Rick Scott by 4 percentage points in an internal poll conducted by Scott pollster Tony Fabrizio.

The survey, taken in late November and obtained Tuesday by Politico, puts Crist — a former Republican governor who ran for Senate as an independent and has become a Democrat to try getting his old job back — ahead of his successor 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

Scott’s job approval rating is 46 percent, with 48 percent disapproving. Crist has a mixed, albeit slightly positive image: 47 percent view him favorably, compared to 43 percent who view him unfavorably.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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1Paradiselost writes:

What's the big news here? A dog catcher could beat Rick Scott.

happy6 writes:

and that's about what you get with Charlie...

1Paradiselost writes:

At least Charlie did not plea the 5th 86 times under oath!

26yearsonmarco writes:

If this is all we have to pick from its easy to understand why our Once Great Country is in such a mess.

August8 writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

At least Charlie did not plea the 5th 86 times under oath!

No, he lies to your face, he will loose easily regardless of what these left leaning paper's are trying to tell you.

Ruger writes:

I wonder if Crist will change his party affiliation AGAIN as the Obamacare disaster continues to unfold?

CopWatch writes:

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CopWatch writes:

Now, keep in mind, all of these allegations have not been proven and may have no merit. That having been said, let's relish in them.

First, Crist is gay and had affairs with at least two men — both of whom he paid off to leave the state. Apparently, he also made a move on Greer when the two were at a hotel in Beverly Hills. As lawyer John Morgan put it, Crist would be "a sick S.O.B. to try to kiss Porky the Pig." (That would be Greer.)

Second, Crist enjoys the drink, to the extent that he did a lot of silly, embarrassing things while drunk and had to have his security detail cover for him. One incident in particular involved a drunk Crist trying to run people over with a golf cart.

Lawyers Chase and Morgan are now bumping heads over the accusations: Morgan says they're a cheap deflection, while Chase insists Crist is trying to pin his own wrongdoings on Greer.

This morning Crist responded to the allegations, calling them "a bunch of delusional lies." He alleges that the defense is attempting to get Crist to change his testimony and concede that he approved of Greer's self-financing — something Crist alleges just isn't true.

Despite the rumors, which Crist says amount to "witness tampering," the former governor insists that he will tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help him God.

CopWatch writes:

His apparent supporters in the article picture is telling.

1Paradiselost writes:

Momface signs off this past week... RIP 7/24/10 thru 12/14/13.

Now a new blogger appears... CopWatch!

Welcome!

Could it be? Only time will tell...

So far, they both live on the same side of the street.

As far as Governor Scott is concern, he should step aside.

The party should offer us a better candidate or we are going to have former Governor Crist again. Crist will get all the Democratic/Independent and centrist Republican vote.

For your enjoyment... The rare Rick Scott Deposition Video!

Once open look to the right for the complete 2 hour Depo. Title under "two hour fraud".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIYad3...

RayPray writes:

Halleluiah!

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Lucky for us, He is refusing to resign, counting on the short memory loss till next election from his legion of senile supporters....

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Washington, D.C. P: 202-225-2536

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Why not send him something now using, maybe, your Target Credit Card?

August8 writes:

All they have to do is give Kendrict Meeks a call and ask him to replay the telephone message Crist place on his machine in the middle of the night and his campaign hits the brakes.
Crist is a Snake

panola60 writes:

Not really a good time to change ones political affiliation to democrat

Losing your insurance, thank a Democrat & Obama
Losing your Doctor, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying much higher insurance premiums, thank a Democrat & Obama
Forced to buy coverage you don't need, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying much higher deductibles, thank a Democrat & Obama
Losing access to your hospital, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying higher co-pays, thank a Democrat & Obama
Medicare services being cut, thank a Democrat & Obama
Receiving a lower standard of care, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying higher taxes, thank a Democrat & Obama
Only able to find a Part-Time job, thank a Democrat & Obama
Losing hours at work, thank a Democrat & Obama
Totally losing your job, thank a Democrat & Obama

Why do so many hate filled democrats want to hurt 85% of America.

Konfuzius writes:

"First, Crist is gay and had affairs with at least two men!"

What is wrong with that? 30% of the priests of the Holy Roman Catholic Church are gay.
And America is the land of the free and the brave. So what?
I am not gay. I am married and I have 5 girl friends. So - do not even think about insulting me.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Momface signs off this past week... RIP 7/24/10 thru 12/14/13.

Now a new blogger appears... CopWatch!

Welcome!

Could it be? Only time will tell...

So far, they both live on the same side of the street.

As far as Governor Scott is concern, he should step aside.

The party should offer us a better candidate or we are going to have former Governor Crist again. Crist will get all the Democratic/Independent and centrist Republican vote.

For your enjoyment... The rare Rick Scott Deposition Video!

Once open look to the right for the complete 2 hour Depo. Title under "two hour fraud".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIYad3...

It is islandeye and WMissow and so on. All one and the same blogger.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to panola60:

Not really a good time to change ones political affiliation to democrat

Losing your insurance, thank a Democrat & Obama
Losing your Doctor, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying much higher insurance premiums, thank a Democrat & Obama
Forced to buy coverage you don't need, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying much higher deductibles, thank a Democrat & Obama
Losing access to your hospital, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying higher co-pays, thank a Democrat & Obama
Medicare services being cut, thank a Democrat & Obama
Receiving a lower standard of care, thank a Democrat & Obama
Paying higher taxes, thank a Democrat & Obama
Only able to find a Part-Time job, thank a Democrat & Obama
Losing hours at work, thank a Democrat & Obama
Totally losing your job, thank a Democrat & Obama

Why do so many hate filled democrats want to hurt 85% of America.

Have a nice and peaceful Christmas and a very successful 2014.....

....thank you great President Barack Obama!!!!!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to August8:

All they have to do is give Kendrict Meeks a call and ask him to replay the telephone message Crist place on his machine in the middle of the night and his campaign hits the brakes.
Crist is a Snake

Christ is a snake?

No Eva took the apple from the snake god send.

August8 writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Christ is a snake?

No Eva took the apple from the snake god send.

Rest up old fella, rest up.

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