(CNN) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink has pulled to within one point of her GOP opponent and has taken a massive lead among independent voters in the Sunshine State, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that former health care executive Rick Scott, the Republican nominee, holds a 45 to 44 percent lead among likely voters over Sink, the state's chief financial officer. A Quinnipiac poll conducted at the end of September put Scott's lead at six points.
Independent voters, who in the previous Quinnipiac poll backed Scott by a 46 to 40 percent margin, now support Sink by a whopping 17 points, 51 to 34 percent.
The Democrat has also seen an improvement in her favorability rating. Among likely voters, Sink is seen as favorable by a 42 to 37 point margin, compared to an even 39 to 39 point split two weeks ago.
Scott, on the other hand, has seen his 41 to 40 point favorability rating slip to a negative rating of 39 to 46 percent.
Quinnipiac's poll was conducted by telephone from Oct. 6-10 with 1,055 likely Florida voters. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King will moderate a debate between Scott and Sink on Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. It will be broadcast during a special edition of John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET.