(CNN) – Ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, vying to reclaim his former post, has a 46%-38% lead over incumbent GOP Gov. Rick Scott in this year's governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.
The poll shows that the Republican-turned Democrat is ahead of Scott on most issues, and a majority of registered voters don't think Scott deserves a second term.
Scott, who was behind Crist in the poll by 16 points last March, has gained ground over the past year. Crist led only by 10 points in June, by seven points in November, and now by eight points.
"Scott's comeback...has stalled after considerably narrowing the Crist lead in 2013," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a news release.
The high-profile race has seen considerable national attention as Crist faces scrutiny over taking new positions on certain issues, now that he's a Democrat. He began serving as the Republican governor of Florida in 2007, but became an independent in 2010 when he ran for a Senate seat.
In December 2012, he announced he had become a registered Democrat.
Florida will also be interesting to watch this November now that a proposal to legalize medical marijuana will be on the ballot. The issue, which has more support from Democrats than Republicans in Florida, could boost turnout for Crist.
For the survey, Quinnipiac interviewed 1,565 registered voters from January 22-27. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.