Uh oh. Bad news for Charlie Crist:
TALLAHASSEE — In an ominous sign for his independent bid the U.S. Senate, Gov. Charlie Crist’s job approval rating has plunged to 44 percent, the worst of any Florida governor in 16 years.
For the first time in his nearly four years in office, Crist’s popularity slid below the important 50-percent benchmark according to a Mason-Dixon poll released today. That’s down from 51 percent in the same poll in May.
The survey suggests that Crist’s gamble in April to flee the Republican Party in the face of a strong primary challenge from former House Speaker Marco Rubio isn’t paying off, said Mason-Dixon managing director Brad Coker.
The good news: He might only need 40 percent of the vote to win.