Scott, Chris slug it out in final debate


That’s one take-away from the latest Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday.

The poll found both candidates knotted in a dead heat with 42 percent support apiece. Scott, the Republican, captured 46 percent of men surveyed compared to 38 percent for Crist. Flip the gender, and Crist carries 45 percent of women voters to Scott’s 39 percent. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wylle carried 7 percent of the vote.

Another take-away: the survey found the Crist held a slight edge among those surveyed who had already voted. If accurate, that would contrast with the large edge Republicans currently hold in absentee ballots cast — emphasis on the “if accurate” part.

The window when the survey was being conducted also overlaps with with the first two televised debates, suggesting the “Fangate” episode last week failed to change the dynamics.

“For all the money spent on this race, it now appears the winner will be the one whose organization excels at the blocking and tackling of politics – getting their voters to the polls,” said Quinnipiac assistant polling director Peter Brown.

The poll also found voters still viewing both Crist and Scott negatively. Only 42 percent of those surveyed viewed Crist positively, while 40 percent viewed Scott positively.

The school surveyed 984 likely voters from Oct. 14-20, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

Source. Orlando Sentinel

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