UNF poll shows Crist with slight lead

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  • | 12:00 p.m. March 17, 2014
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A new University of North Florida released Monday shows Charlie Crist has a single percentage point lead — 34-to-33 percent among registered voters — over Gov. Rick Scott in this fall’s gubernatorial race.

A combination of “somebody else,” “don’t know” and “no answer” options accounted for 34 percent of the responses.

The school conducted the survey March 6-16 and results include 507 registered voters.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.35 percentage points.

Some of the results:

• Scott has an approval of 45 percent, down from 49 percent in an October 2013 UNF poll. Scott’s disapproval rate in the latest poll was 39 percent, also down from 42 percent from the October poll. Another 16 percent had no answer or didn’t know.

• Medical marijuana, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 2, has support at a 74 percent clip. Another 22 percent said they would vote no, while 4 percent said they didn’t know or had no answer. In another marijuana-related question, 46 percent of those polled said they “strongly oppose” Florida adults to possess small amount for recreational use, while 25 percent “strongly support.” “Somewhat support” earned a 16 percent vote and “somewhat oppose” garnered 11 percent.

• The “stand your ground” law has 41 percent who “strongly support” and 21 percent who “somewhat support.” Those who strongly opposed registered 22 percent of the vote, while another 7 percent somewhat oppose.