TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -
Tampa Bay's leading news station will be tracking the Florida governor's race for the next seven months with exclusive tracking polls conducted by Survey USA. As election day draws closer, WFLA.com and Newschannel 8 will release and track results of this race throughout the political season.
In the first of our polls, released Tuesday, Democrat Charlie Crist leads Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s gubernatorial race.
In a statewide survey of likely voters conducted by SurveyUSA, 46 percent said they would vote for Crist, compared with 41 percent for Scott. Seven percent of survey respondents chose "other" and 6 percent said they are undecided.
In an age split, Crist showed more support among younger voters and Scott held more support among older voters. Of the age 18-34 set, 25 percent said they would vote for Scott and 55 percent supported Crist, with 6 percent citing “other” and 13 percent undecided.
The numbers are flipped for older voters. For those age 65 and older, 52 percent said they would support Scott and 33 percent supported Crist, with 8 percent as “other” and 7 percent undecided.
“(Crist) does have to face the fact that getting younger voters and minority voters to the polls in a midterm election is a challenge,” said News Channel 8 political analyst Dr. Susan MacManus, a USF professor. “So he’s really got to work hard to give them a reason to turn out for him, and if he doesn’t, he probably will lose, frankly.”
Crist, a former Republican-governor-turned-Democrat running to get his old job back, showed support from 80 percent of the Democratic base in the survey, while Scott held 71 percent of the Republican base. Scott was up by 3 points among independents.
The poll surveyed 502 likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.