Public Policy Polling (PPP) came out yesterday, September 9, 2014 with their latest poll on the Florida Gubernatorial race between Rick Scott, Adrian Wyllie and Charlie Crist. The polling shows that voters dislike both the Republican and Democratic candidates and are seeking out another option – a third option. Wyllie, the Libertarian Party of Florida candidate, polled at 8% which, if that holds steady or rises, should qualify him for inclusion in the gubernatorial debates coming up.
In the poll, 49% disapprove of the way Scott is performing in his job as Florida’s Governor and 46% have a negative opinion of Crist. “PPP’s conducted 4 Florida polls this year and Rick Scott and Charlie Crist have been within the margin of error on 3 of them,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “This one is definitely headed down to the wire just like the razor thin contest Scott was first elected in.”
PPP also polled on the race for Florida Attorney General which is a three-way race between Bill Wohlsifer, Pam Bondi and George Sheldon. Wohlsifer came in at 6% while Bondi is at 43% and Sheldon at 35%. One thing that comes through in the polling is the affect name recognition has in political races and why incumbents remain in office for so long.
Another item in the poll is whether Florida’s Amendment 2, medical marijuana legalization, will pass in November. 33% of the voters are opposed and 61% support the measure. A minimum vote of 60% is needed for it to pass in Florida. Polling numbers on this subject have been jumping all over the place from this low 61% up to 88%. This one is a wild card, and at this point, no one knows how it will come out.
PPP surveyed 818 likely voters from September 4th to 7th. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.4%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.