Poll: Conservatives Are the Anti-Crist; A Ham Sandwich Could Defeat Rick Scott for Governor

As Gov. Rick Scott's disapproval rating keeps climbing, pollsters have run out of people to compare him with -- that's why Public Policy Polling says a hypothetical gubernatorial race between Scott and a ham sandwich would be a runaway for the lunch meat.

The pollsters were surveying for the governor's approval rating yet again and at the same time attempting to see how he'd fare against other state politicians if the race for governor were held today -- finding that voters are "pretty warm" to the idea of former Gov. Charlie Crist running for governor as a Democrat.

"If Charlie Crist has a future in electoral politics, it's probably as a Democrat," Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam says. "And while he would trounce Rick Scott, the reality is that so would a ham sandwich as the governor continues to become more and more unpopular."

Respondents to the poll across the ideological spectrum agreed that Crist should become a Democrat.

When asked about the hypothetical matchup between Scott and Crist, it looks like a runaway in almost any fashion, especially among independent voters.

Given the choices of Scott and Crist, 73 percent of self-described "moderate" voters say they would vote for Crist, compared to 22 percent for Scott.

Obviously, the results are even more slanted from the "somewhat liberal" (78 percent to 10 percent) and "very liberal" respondents (80 percent to 9 percent) in favor of Crist.

The conservative side, however, came with some different answers.

Those who said they were "somewhat conservative" were nearly split on Scott versus Crist, with 43 percent saying they'd vote for Scott and 42 percent for Crist -- which is well within the margin of error (3.4 percentage points).

That brings us to the point of ultraconservatives being the anti-Crist.

Seventy-seven percent of those identifying as "very conservative" would keep Gov. Scott, while only 16 percent would go for Crist.

Poll respondents gave Alex Sink -- Scott's foe in the last election -- a 22-point lead over the governor in a hypothetical election held today.

PPP is a self-admitted Democratic-affiliated polling firm, although the Wall Street Journal found it as one of the most accurate in the country during the last election cycle.

Out of the 848 Florida voters surveyed, 27 percent identified as liberal, 30 percent as moderate, and 43 percent as conservative.

Click here for the complete results of the poll.

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