David Yates Sep. 4, 2014, 12:26pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Two different fresh polls show two different leaders in the race to become Florida’s next governor.

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running as a Democrat, is facing current GOP Gov. Rick Scott in the general election.

A Friday SurveyUSA poll shows Crist leading Scott by a 45 to 43 percent margin.

However, a Tampa Bay Times poll, released Tuesday, shows voters favor Scott by 40.9 percent, while 35.7 percent of Floridians would vote for Crist.

The most recent SurveyUSA poll is in contrast to an Aug. 23 poll, which showed that voters would select Scott over Crist by a 44-41 percent margin.

According to the Times poll, seven in 10 voters said the governor "can do a lot" about the state's economy, while 48.7 percent said Florida's economy is recovering and another 25.2 percent said it will recover soon.

The poll also found 35.4 percent of likely voters described Crist as honest and ethical and 53 percent said the Democratic nominee is not. Concerning Scott, 39 percent called him honest and ethical and 50.7 percent said he's not.

The telephone survey of 814 registered Florida voters — all likely to vote in the November election — was conducted Aug. 27-31 for the Times.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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