A second new poll now shows likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist with a narrow lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida governor’s race.
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey showed Crist leading Scott 45-40 percent in a two-way race. When Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix, however, the results narrow to a two-point Crist lead, 39-37 percent, with Wyllie taking 9 percent.
A new SurveyUSA poll released Tuesday, not including Wyllie, also showed Crist leading.
Quinnipiac spokesman Peter Brown said the poll also shows voters know almost nothing about Wyllie -- 92 percent said they don’t know enough about him to express an opinion -- “but there are a lot of Floridians who aren’t keen on either of the major party candidates.”
The poll shows Crist performing substantially better than his opponent in the Democratic primary, former state Sen. Nan Rich, when matched against Scott.
Scott led Rich 41-34 percent in a head-to-head matchup without Wyllie.
Asked their opinions of Scott, 45 percent said it was unfavorable to 40 percent favorable, and they also disapproved of his performance in office by 48-31 percent.
Crist, who’s been the target of millions of dollars’ worth of negative advertising by Scott over the last several months, did only a bit better in approval ratings, 42 percent unfavorable to 40 percent favorable, while 83 percent of voters said they don’t have enough information about Rich to form an opinion.