A new poll by Rasmussen Reports -- an organization generally considered conservative-oriented -- shows results in the Florida governor’s race similar to some other recent polls, a six-point lead for former Gov. Charlie Crist over Gov. Rick Scott.
But at the same time, a new poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, long considered one of the state’s most reliable political pollsters, shows the race in a dead heat.
Rasmussed showed Crist with 45 percent, Scott 39 percent, 10 percent undecided and 6 percent saying they’d prefer another candidate, but with no other candidate named.
Rasmussen uses automated-dial, “robopoll” methodology combined with a random sample drawn from an on-line panel to reach individuals who don’t have land-line phones.
Mason-Dixon, which uses traditional telephone polling methodology, showed a 42-42 percent tie, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie included and drawing 4 percent, with 12 percent undecided.
January polls by the University of Florida and Quinnipiac University showed Crist leads of seven and eight points, respectively.
Polls in March by the University of North Florida and Sunshine State News, a conservative-oriented Tallahassee news site, showed Crist with a one-point lead.
But the Rasmussen poll and a recent Survey USA poll again show Crist with significant leads.
That’s happening the Crist campaign pointed out, even though Scott has started his television ad campaign unusually early, spending more than $6 million on ads beginning in March.
See a summary of polls here.