We Have a Winner in Florida…PPP!

by Stuart Rothenberg August 25, 2010 · 4:35 PM EDT

Folks, we have a winner in Florida.

No, I’m not talking about Sunshine State primary victors Rick Scott, the Republican nominee for governor, and Kendrick Meek, the Democratic nominee for Senate.

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm that uses automated polling technology, came closer to getting the final percentages right in both races than did two firms that use live callers, the more traditional practice in survey research.

PPP’s last poll before the primary election (Aug. 21-22) showed Scott leading the GOP race by seven points, 47% to 40%, over Attorney General Bill McCollum, while Quinnipiac’s last survey (Aug. 21-22) found McCollum ahead 39%-35%.

A few days earlier (Aug. 17-19), Mason-Dixon showed McCollum holding an even larger 45%-36% advantage over Scott.

PPP also performed best in the Democratic Senate contest.

PPP’s Aug. 21-22 survey found Meek leading Jeff Greene 51%-27% -- a 24-point margin compared to the actual margin of 26 points (57%-31%).

Both Quinnipiac (Aug. 21-22) and Mason-Dixon (Aug. 17-19) got the winner right, Meek, but Quinnipiac had the margin at only 10 points (39%-29%) and Mason-Dixon had it at 12 points (42%-302%).