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Poll: Charlie Crist leads Rick Scott in 2014 governor's matchup

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Tallahassee, Florida - Former Gov. Charlie Crist would easily defeat Gov. Rick Scott if the race for governor were held today.

That's according to a new poll from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. It finds Crist would beat Scott 50 - 34 percent.

Half of those surveyed said they view Crist's switch from the GOP to the Democratic Party as a sign that he's a pragmatist.

Scott would also lose in a race to former Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink. She leads Scott 45 - 34 percent today.

The poll shows only 32 percent believe Gov. Scott deserves a second term in office.

Poll spokesman Peter Brown says 49 percent disapprove of Scott's job performance, while 36 percent approve.

"Mr. Scott seems to be stuck in the high 30's in terms of job approval and it's tough to get elected when almost two-thirds of the electorate don't approve of what you're doing. The jobs numbers in the state are getting better but Rick Scott's job approval isn't. Now we have 20 months until the election and one assumes that Mr. Scott will use his considerable resources to remind voters of what's happened under his watch and he may have a good story to tell. But at this point, he's not getting it through."

The poll of registered voters finds some good news for Gov. Scott. He leads Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam 47 - 24 percent in a hypothetical Republican primary.

Brown says that indicates Scott probably won't have to worry about a primary challenge from a fellow Republican in 2014.

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