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Polls differ on Crist V. Scott, show support for medical marijuana

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Published:   |   Updated: September 4, 2014 at 03:44 PM

Two new polls this week differ on the state of the governor’s race, one showing a tie and one showing Rick Scott with a 5-point lead over Charlie Crist.

One of the polls also shows 64-percent support for Amendment Two allowing medicinal use of marijuana.

Scott, the incumbent Republican governor, and Democratic challenge Crist are tied at 37 percent each, with 26 percent unsure, in a poll by Gravis Marketing that didn’t include Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie.

That poll also showed 64 percent of respondents in favor of Amendment Two, with 26 percent opposed and 10 percent unsure.

Gravis Marketing used an internet panel plus automated-dial “robocall” technology, and claims an error margin of 4 percentage points.

Meanwhile, a poll done by the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for the Tampa Bay Times and Bay New 9 showed Scott with a 5-point lead over Crist, 41-36 percent, with Wyllie at 6 percent.

The Times/Graham Center poll, with 814 respondents and a 3.4-point error margin, also found voters in favor of a minimum wage increase and closely split on allowing same-sex marriage,

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