- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is too close to call and voters aren’t happy with their choice, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The poll shows that 44 percent of likely voters prefer Scott, and 42 percent prefer Crist, while 8 percent say they’d vote for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, meaning the race is a statistical tie.

Voters seem to agree, though, that neither major party candidate is trustworthy. The poll showed that 49 percent of voters don’t think Crist is honest, compared to 37 percent who say he is. Scott’s numbers are similar - 51 percent say he isn’t trustworthy compared to 39 percent who say he is.

“When fewer than four in 10 voters think both the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor are honest, you know this has been one of the nastiest races in state history,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the university’s poll. “They have been throwing so much mud that they both are covered in it.”

Neither candidate has a good approval rating, with 49 percent of respondents saying they have an unfavorable opinion of Crist compared to 48 percent who said they have an unfavorable opinion of Scott.

Voters do think that Scott is a stronger leader, the poll found. When asked about Scott, 58 percent said he has strong leadership qualities and 34 percent said he doesn’t. That compares to 46 percent who said Crist is a strong leader and 45 percent who said he isn’t.

Neither campaign commented on the poll.

Wyllie received 8 percent support even though 86 percent of respondents said they don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. No Libertarian candidate on a statewide ballot has received as much as 1 percent support in a Florida election.

The poll of 991 likely voters was conducted Sept. 17-22.

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